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 £300-£2,000. Successful new applicants can expect to receive a grant 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, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. 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.

Arts and heritage

Education and training

Environmental causes and animal welfare

Healthcare

Social welfare

Individuals

Individual Churches

Hospices or Hospitals

Start-up costs

Project 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 9NP.

There is no deadline for applications.

Applications are processed on an on-going basis and a response is usually sent within two 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. 

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.

Asylum Welcome

“As a volunteer who has been involved with Asylum Welcome for many years, I know the importance to the organisation of donors who are prepared to fund us on an annual basis. The number of people using our services continues to rise and your grant will help us continue to develop and deliver those services which, as you know, are primarily delivered by our 160 volunteers.”

Asylum Welcome tackles suffering and isolation among asylum seekers, refugees and detainees who have fled persecution and danger in their own countries and seek refuge in Oxford and Oxfordshire. They are a volunteer-led organisation that provides a number of services including a youth service, advocacy, community projects and support with education, training and employment. The MCT supports the charity with annual core funding.

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Compaid

Compaid has, for over 30 years, supported disabled people in and around Kent to overcome exclusion through tailored support delivered by trained staff and volunteers. Compaid runs a Digital skills training centre providing a welcoming environment for around 70 learners a week, from those with physical disabilities and sensory impairments, to others with learning disabilities, autism, and acquired brain injuries.

The MCT has supported Compaid since 1991, with funds being used towards volunteer expenses and other ongoing costs associated with the centre.

Compaid also runs an accessible transport service for more than 1,300 vulnerable adults & children each year, with journeys varying from school runs, hospital and clinic visits to shopping trips and other outings.

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Remap

“Your continued support for small charities like ours and especially for our core support is impressive.”

Remap is a national charity that helps disabled people to achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs. Remap works with local skilled volunteers to create bespoke equipment which is provided free of charge.

Remap is a charity which operates through donations and the invaluable work of its 900 volunteers. The MCT supports Remap with annual core funding which is put towards the running costs of the organisations.

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Trees for Life

“Your loyal core support gives people the chance to create new wild forest – planting hope for the future and changing their own lives as they do so”

Trees for Life is an environmentally focused charity, working to protect and ensure the future of the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands and the wildlife that depends on it. They have engaged communities with their cause and offer volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, including those recovering from mental health issues. They also run a training programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for people interested in horticulture, estate management and forestry and landscape planning.

The MCT have been supporting Trees for Life with core funding since 2002.

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York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship

The York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship provides bursaries to individuals from the York and across the UK to help them develop their skills. This can be through courses, attending events or purchasing tools. The bursary scheme largely supports young craftspeople and conservators to invest in their own skills, so that these heritage skills are not lost over time. The Foundation also provides grants to craftspeople to encourage them to take on apprentices.

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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 Annual Report and Accounts. We believe that the application requirements reflect the size of our grants and therefore there is no detailed 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 £300 to £2,000 with new grantees starting at the lower end of the scale.

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 successful applications will receive a grant 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 2 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.

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”

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, however the Trust’s support is inclusive of all organisations, regardless of faith.

Recipients of both our grant-making programme and Awards Scheme come from a diverse set of backgrounds.