Our Grants Programme

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings.

Our funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, as we understand that many of the organisations we support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £250-£4,000, with new applications at the lower end of this scale.

Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

Applicants must be a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This does not include Community Interest Companies (CICs)

Charities must have been established for more than one financial year and able to provide a full set of their most recent Annual Report and Accounts, or the equivalent financial information if their annual income is under £25,000.

Literature, arts and heritage

Social welfare

Environmental causes and animal welfare

Education and training



Individual/Group Sponsorship proposals

Individual Churches

Hospices or Hospitals

Start-up costs

There is no standard application form.

Applications must include:

– cover letter (one to two sides)

– full set of the most recent Annual Report and Accounts

Applicants should demonstrate that they have understood the type of funding which the Trust provides and illustrate how this would benefit their charity on a long-term basis.

All applications should be made in writing and sent by post to the Marsh Christian Trust, 4 Matthew Parker Street, London, SW1H 9NL.

There is no deadline for applications.

Applications are processed on an on-going basis and a response is usually sent within three months of receipt. However, due to the high volume of applications, occasionally responses to new appeals may take longer.

Upon receipt, applications are divided into two groups: new appeals and renewals and are given to a monthly grants committee for consideration.  Renewals (organisations who have already received our support in the past) are considered first and then the new appeals are considered afterwards.

Each application is considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives, the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses, and the suitability of the application to the type of funding we provide.

A response is made to every appeal whether it is successful or not.

If an application is unsuccessful, there are no time restrictions within which a further application can be made.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Marsh Christian Trust was established by Brian Marsh OBE with the sum of £75,000. From these beginnings the Trust’s funds have developed and stand today at around £13,000,000.

The Trust’s principle activity is financed by income derived from its investment portfolio, but whenever possible Mr Marsh will make further personal donations. The Trust does not accept any public donations.

The application requirements are a cover letter and a copy of the most recent reports and accounts. We believe that the application requirements reflect the size of our grants and therefore there is no complicated application form to complete.

Other relevant information is also considered alongside the letter and accounts, but please do not send in a large number of extra documents as there is no need, it will cost you more and it will take longer to process.

If more information is required, we will contact you.

The size of the grants’ range from £250 to £4000.

Grant sums are decided by the grants committee, but applicants are welcome to request a specific sum. However they should take into consideration the amounts available and remember that new applications will start at the lower end of the scale.

The simple answer is No, you can apply at anytime.

Applications are processed on an on-going basis and you will usually hear from us within 3 months. Sometimes due to the volume of applications we may take a little longer to respond, but it won’t be much longer than that.


Any unsuccessful applicant is welcome to re-apply at any time.

The Marsh Christian Trust was founded based on the Christian principles of
reaching out, caring for the natural world and helping those in need. These principles continue to remain a core part of the charity’s ethos and it provides support on this basis which is distinctly inclusive of all organisations, including those of other faiths or no faith.

Recipients of both our grant-making programme and Award scheme come from all walks of life and are respected for who they are and what they are doing, not what faith they follow.

If you asked the Chairman and Founder this question he would simply reply “My name is Marsh. I’m a Christian and it’s a Trust”