WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Christchurch Charitable Trust
The Christchurch Charitable Trust is a local, independent, registered charity who are able to provide financial support by way of grants to organisations and projects which benefit the community in the Christchurch area.
We invite applications for funds from not-for-profit groups and organisations including registered charities, community interest groups, service organisations, volunteer groups, youth groups, local town and parish councils and the like. Applications from individuals or for individual benefit will not be accepted.
The application must be for charitable purposes which include:
- providing funds to support services to vulnerable groups in the community, be they the young or elderly or those with disabilities or other disadvantages
- the advancement of community cohesion and development (including supporting the running of community events when that becomes possible again)
- the advancement of education, health, heritage and environmental protection & improvement
The grants must be for the benefit of the community in the Christchurch area which is defined as the former Borough of Christchurch and therefore includes the area covered by the current wards of Christchurch Town; Commons; Burton & Grange; Mudeford & West Highcliffe and Highcliffe & Walkford.
Applications from organisations outside of Christchurch will only be considered if satisfactory assurances can be given that the funds granted will be ringfenced to provide benefit to Christchurch residents.
We are looking for worthwhile community projects that need funds to help achieve their goals and applications for identifiable projects will be preferred. Grants for the payment of salaries or general running costs for already established organisations will not be considered other than in exceptional circumstances. Projects run by or including volunteers will be preferred.
Application is made by completing and submitting the form at the end of this website.
It is anticipated most grants will be in the £500 to £5,000 range. Grants for above that amount will be considered in exceptional circumstances only.
Grants will not be given if the trustees consider that the project would be better funded from another source or that it should be funded by central government or the local authority or if the trustees consider that the organisation applying for the grant has sufficient funds of its own to cover the project. Grants will not be considered for purposes that are considered by the trustees to be political or religious (but this should not prevent religious bodies from applying for grants for charitable non-religious projects).