Large Grants Scheme

Applications for the Large Grants Scheme are now open, until 10 January 2020.

The CSA has opened a further Large Grant round, to support parishes, or projects with a strong parish link, to engage in mission initiatives which tackle poverty in their local community. This round is open from November 2019, with Stage 1 Expressions of Interest submitted by 10 January 2020, We have allocated approximately £150,000 of funding for large grants and are inviting expressions of interest for projects that meet the CSA funding criteria, with a cost of up to £30,000, either as a one-off grant, or split over two or three years.

Applications are invited from churches and church-linked projects that have not previously received funding from the CSA, as well as those that have.

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 will accept one Large Grant application per organisation.  


Large Grants Application Process

There are two stages to our large grants application process.

Stage 1: Written Expression of Interest – Deadline 10 January 2020

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 (between 25 Jan and 13 Feb by arrangement with 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 in April 2020. 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 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 this 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 2016-19

  • St Clements, Ordsall – Community Centre Money Advice
  • Christchurch, Bacup – Community Cafe for Vulnerable Adults
  • St Elisabeth’s, Reddish – ‘Community Champions’ Support Worker
  • Christchurch, Brunswick – ‘Positive Steps’ Community Programme Manager
  • Wythenshawe Team – Food for Thought & Credit Union
  • Church of the Apostles, St Cuthberts & Church of the Resurrection – ‘Growing East Manchester’ Community Allotments
  • St Aidan’s, Lower Kersal – Lower Kersal Young People’s Group, development & strengthening relationships with the Parish