Large Grants Scheme - Currently CLOSED

Large Grant Applications

The CSA Large Grant Round (now closed) supports parishes, or projects with a strong parish link, to engage in mission initiatives that tackle poverty in their local community.

We have had two Large Grants rounds recently, making awards in January 2020, and February 2021; and awarding approximately £150,000 in each round. We will post here when the next Large Grants Round will open.

Trustees are open to funding new work and innovative ideas; and are willing to consider applications to support ongoing work (previously funded by CSA or other funders) that evidence: ongoing need; robust evaluation of previous work; project growth and learning; positive outcomes achieved for participants; and assessment of wider impact on the church and local community.

Although we anticipate our Funding Criteria will most likely be met by revenue projects, we may consider capital work where a clear and direct link is shown between the need for the proposed building work, and: how this work will support the church to tackle the causes and/or affects of poverty; the church’s Mission Action Plan; and clear plans for the people-work that will be enabled by the building work.

We accepted one Large Grant application per organisation. Applications were particularly welcomed from churches and church-linked projects that have not previously received Large Grant funding from the CSA. Current Large Grant holders are not eligible to apply to this round. Save & Exit



Large Grant Application Process (now closed)

When open, there are two stages to our large grants application process.

Stage 1: Written Expression of Interest

Applicants should complete a Large Grant ‘Expression of Interest’ using the form downloadable here to outline their project proposal. The organisations’ most recent accounts must be submitted with this Expression of Interest. These applications will be short-listed by Trustees.

Our friends over at Greater Together Manchester are able to offer help and guidance in developing and shaping projects, along with support in completing funding applications for our Large Grants Scheme. Contact:


Stage 2: Visits to Short-listed Projects 

The short-listed projects will be visited by a CSA Trustee, in order to meet applicants and those involved in running the projects, to explore the proposal further with them, paying particular attention to: project vision; how the project meets CSA’s funding criteria; the need for, viability and sustainability of the project; robustness of budget, policies and employment practices (if appropriate).

After this, final decisions will be made by Trustees, with the intention that grants will be awarded ready for projects to start drawing down funding usually in the following April. Projects must be able to start using the grant within 6 months of award.

CSA will require funded projects to report on grant activities, difference made to participants, learning and expenditure. We also hope funded projects will be willing to share their learning with others in the Diocese.



Submitting an Expression of Interest

Applications are made when the grants round is open (it is currently closed) by completing the Expression of Interest form, a word document downloadable herePlease complete each question. Type answers in the white boxes next to or under each question. Questions are written in shaded boxes. Boxes will expand as you type. Many questions have a word limit: you will be assessed on the quality of information you give, not the quantity. However, short answers (less than half the word limit) are unlikely to contain sufficient information. The Trustees are unlikely to read words in excess of the word count. You can use bullet points and lists and you do not need to write in whole sentences as long as the meaning is clear.

Please submit your most recent examined accounts with an application. If you are a new organisation without accounts, please send a projected income and expenditure budget for your first year. Please do not submit any other documents.

Please note that the Trustees may request additional information and this may delay a final decision being made on your application.


Large Grant Recipients 2021-24

  • Holy Trinity Community Centre, Ashton-under-LyneInformation, Advice and Guidance Community Language Service – offering client-centred advice in the heart of the community for those that would otherwise face language barriers.
  • St Paul’s, BlackleyCommnity Garden, a collaborative project providing a safe, green area, opportunities to gain new skills, work as part of a team, play and learn about nature, to alleviate isolation and improve mental health.
  • Third Space, BoltonBuilding Bolton Well Project, a work and skills property renovation project, supporting clients with complex needs to discover work is good for their wellbeing.
  • Gateway M40, CollyhurstCommunity Hub, supporting financially vulnerable people to become free of debt
  • Greater Together Manchester ‘Places of Welcome’ Expansion, increasing the number of parishes involved in the Places of Welcome scheme, with a particular focus on parishes with high levels of deprivation.


Large Grant Recipients 2020-23

  • Re:Dish – ‘Community Hub’, where Community Champions will deliver projects to support the local community
  • Christchurch, Brunswick – ‘Positive Steps’ Community Programme Manager
  • Church of England in WythenshaweCommunity Support Work, including Foodie Fridays, Place of Welcome
  • St Aidan’s, Lower KersalLower Kersal Young People’s Group, development & strengthening relationships with the Parish
  • St Andrew’s, Radcliffe ‘CAP Job Club’, supporting people back into work