How it works

Methodist Insurance makes charitable donations from its annual profits, paid via Gift Aid, to Allchurches Trust Limited.

Allchurches Trust operates a separate Grant-Giving Committee to consider applications from Methodist beneficiaries which seek to enhance the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church.
 
Grants are awarded for building development, for mission, outreach and community benefit, with applicants encouraged to demonstrate a focus on energy efficiency. Grants are not awarded for routine building maintenance.

Standard property grant scheme

For projects with a maximum cost of £100,000. Grants can be up to 10% of the project cost and the maximum grant for this scheme is £10,000.

Large property grant scheme

For projects between £100,000 and £2.5million broken down into two categories:

  • Projects in the range of £100,000 to £500,000
    Grants can be up to 10% of the project cost – the maximum grant for projects in this category is £25,000.
  • Larger projects between £500,000 and £2.5million
    The maximum grant for projects in this category is £50,000. 
Unfortunately, applications cannot be considered from the following:

  • Individuals (unless it is on behalf of a church)
  • Grants in respect of salaries, general running costs, maintenance and repair.
Further applications will not be considered from organisations which have already been awarded a grant under the scheme within the previous two year period.

How to apply

Applying for a Methodist Insurance Fund grant

You can begin the process by following the steps below.

  • Check if your project is eligible by reading the grant giving policy.
  • Look at our tips and advice for completing your application.
  • Make sure your project is agreed with your District Property Secretary or District Chair prior to submission. You will need to upload a copy of this endorsement when submitting your application.
  • Complete the online application form. Don’t worry if you cannot complete the application in one go; you can save it and return to it later.
Apply now Grant Giving policy Tips and advice

What to include

Every application should include the following:

  • The objectives of the project
  • The total project cost
  • How the grant applied for will be used
  • The funds raised to date towards the project
  • Whether a grant has previously been given under the scheme (with dates and value)
  • Supporting documents (these can be an email or a letter on headed paper, scanned and uploaded with the application).
Please ensure applications are agreed by the Applicant with their District Property Secretary or District Chair prior to submission.

Once you have applied

Every application received is checked to ensure that it complies with the scheme and is complete. It is then reviewed for consideration by the Grant Giving Committee which meets three times a year. 

If the total cost of your project exceeds £100,000, a grants officer will arrange to come and visit you so that you can talk through your plans with them.
 
On average, it takes between three and six months for an application to be processed, considered by the Grant Giving Committee and for the decision to be communicated to you. 
 
A large number of applications are received and great care is taken in reviewing each one individually.

FAQs

A large number of applications are received and great care is taken in reviewing each one individually. Every application received is checked to ensure that it complies with the scheme and is complete. It is then reviewed for consideration by the Grant Giving Committee which meets three times a year. 

On average, it takes between three and six months for an application to be processed, considered by the Grant Giving Committee and for the decision to be communicated to you. 

Unfortunately applications cannot be considered from the following:

  • Individuals (unless it is on behalf of a church)
  • Grants in respect of salaries, general running costs, maintenance and repair
  • More than one application for the same project.

Applications will not be considered from organisations which have already been awarded a grant under the scheme within the previous two year period.

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