Grant Making


Registered charity in England 1177555

Our Mission

The mission of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, as established by our founder Cornelia Connelly, is based on trust and reverence for the dignity of every human being. We try with perseverance to help others grow strong in faith and lead fully human lives. Our shared lives and our personal relationships with God inspire individual and corporate actions toward a more just, compassionate and harmonious world.

The Society of the Holy Child Jesus CIO is a charity registered in England and Wales, No.1177555. On the 14th March 2018 it became a grant making organisation.


Grant Making Policy

The purpose of this policy is to set out the principles, criteria and processes that govern how the Society makes grants.

1. Priorities for Support

The Trustees have determined that the priorities for funding this year will be:

  • Education – in the widest sense, particularly educational projects that help maximise the potential of those who have experienced social and economic disadvantage
  • Environmental justice – projects that support the care of the earth and eco-justice, protecting the world we live in and enabling people to be able to live in a healthy environment.
  • Social justice – Projects that tackle poverty, the causes of poverty and economic inequality, in particular homelessness.
  • Anti-Trafficking projects that aim to help those who are victims of human trafficking and escaping exploitation. Those in modern slavery, eg. forced marriage, forced labour or sexual exploitation.
  • Refugees, asylum seekers – projects supporting migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

1.1 The priorities in this policy will be reviewed each year and may be changed in accordance with the Trustees view of the most effective application of available funds, at any point in time.

2. Principles

In awarding grants the Trustees will apply the following principles:

2.1 Grants may be requested by registered charities and other charitable organisations with preference given to those in England and Wales. The funding applied for must be for projects being carried out in England and Wales.

2.2 We will only consider one application per organisation, per annum.

2.3 The Trustees have collective responsibility for all grant-making decisions in line with the Society’s charitable purposes and reserve the right not to approve any grant not deemed as charitable, that falls outside its priorities, would conflict with the Society’s policies or damage its reputation.

2.4 Applications for funding will be considered on their own merit, regardless of previous rejection or receipt of grants.

3. Type and Size of Grant

3.1 One off grants can be requested towards core services, capital or revenue projects.

3.2 Grants for between £10,000 and £25,000 can be applied for. The society is looking to make grants that will have a significant impact on a project or organisation.

3.3 The Trustees are not able to support:

  • Individuals seeking personal funding.
  • Contributions to general appeals or circulars.

4. Grant making process

All grant requests go through the application process described below.

4.1 Stage 1 – Initial Proposal

Organisations who feel they meet our grant making criteria and would like to apply are asked to provide the information requested in the Initial Proposal document to verify their eligibility. Please download the Initial Proposal document here   (PDF, Word) and send us the information requested .

Your initial proposal will be reviewed and if you have been unsuccessful at this first stage, we will let you know.

4.2 Stage 2 – Full Application

If your initial proposal is successful, we will then invite you to fill out a Full Application as the second stage.  We will request more detailed information from you about your organisation and project you are requesting funding for.

4.3 Stage 3 – Shortlisting

The GA will present a list of grant applications to a Grants Committee who will shortlist applications to be presented to the trustees for decisions.

4.4 Stage 4 – Trustees meeting

The Trustees meet in March, June and November of each year and we will accept applications on an ongoing basis. Once we have all the information we require your application will be reviewed at a Trustees meetings and we will let you know the outcome.

4.5 Stage 5 – Grant Offer

If you are successful you will receive a grant offer letter with conditions, that will need to be signed and accepted, before funds are released.

4.6 Please note that we may receive more applications than we have funds to support so even if you do meet our criteria we may still not be able to provide a grant. The Trustees are not obliged to provide an explanation as to why an application has been unsuccessful.

4.7 Whether or not your application is successful we are unable to accept a subsequent application until 12 months after we have advised you of the outcome of your application.

5. Monitoring and Publication

5.1  Our data protection policy is on our website:

We collect information when you make an enquiry about our grantmaking function, when you submit an initial proposal or a full application for a grant and in the course of providing those services to you. The legal basis for processing your personal data is having a legitimate interest. A minimal amount of personal data is collected, stored and processed solely for the purposes described above.

5.2 If your organisation wishes to publicly use the Society’s name to acknowledge funding received or for any publicity this must be approved beforehand.

5.3 If you receive a grant we will ask you if the Society may publicise details of the grant awarded and your project.

5.4 The grant recipient will be expected to submit an end of grant report as detailed in the grant conditions.


Deadlines for the next round of grant funding this year are as follows:

All Initial Proposals should be sent in for consideration by 5pm Monday 12th April 2021.

If you are invited to make a Full Application this must be completed and sent in by 5pm Friday 23rd April 2021 at the latest but the earlier we receive your application the better.

All applications that are shortlisted will then be presented to the Trustees at a meeting on Wednesday 2nd June 2021


If you have any questions please email Natalie Ledger, Grants Administrator: