Small Grants Scheme (OPEN)

The Council for Social Aid continues to award Small Grants of up to £5,000

for projects in line with the CSA Funding Criteria. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered by the Trustees at the next Trustee meeting where time allows.

The Trustees are particularly interested in using small grants to support parishes, or projects with a strong parish link, to engage in new mission initiatives, or develop current mission activities that tackle poverty. Applications to seed-fund new ideas and innovative work are welcomed, particularly in these uncertain times of COVID-19. We are keen to support projects that can offer support to those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Small Grants Scheme. Contact:


Making a Small Grants Application

Applications are made by completing the application form, a word document downloadable here . Please answer 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.

Please email completed applications to along with a copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts.


2020-21 Small Grant Recipients

  • St Peter’s HalliwellCAP Centre, supporting financially vulnerable people to become debt-free
  • St Paul with Emmanuel, West Bolton‘Project Emmanuel – Teach English’ – supporting new arrivers to learn English, so that they may take further courses and gain education enabling them to find work and support their families
  • St John’s Centre, Old TraffordPurchasing Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software to support the ‘Moving On’ Project
  • St Peter’s WestleighKitchen Feasibility Study to support community work at St Peter’s
  • St Martin’s, Droylsden – ‘Dementia Friendly’ Place of Welcome

2019 Small Grant Recipients

  • St Michael’s, Tonge-cum-Alkrington – ‘Remember Me’, Living Well with Dementia, training Parish Advocates to foster Dementia Friendly Parishes
  • Christ with All Saints, Heaton NorrisMusic School Community Outreach Project
  • St Mary the Virgin, EcclesPlace of Welcome with Twiddleknits
  • St George the Martyr, West BoltonCAP Job Club in Project George March
  • Church of the Epiphany, DroylsdenPlace of Welcome

Below are some ideas for work which address poverty. We welcome applications for your own project ideas that have grown out of your own context and that address poverty in your community.

Places of Welcome

Places of Welcome is a network of small community organisations, including faith communities, who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours a week.

The network is based on trust, respect and generosity. They have developed a set of guiding principles, the 5P’s – Place, People, Presence, Provision and Participation.

Tackle Digital Exclusion

Digital Exclusion is a growing problem, with more services turning to online forms and communication becoming increasingly “digitised”. Without basic digital skills vulnerable people are at risk of being socially isolated, unable to manage their health or finances and potentially trapped in a cycle of long-term unemployment.

Welcome Boxes

A Welcome Box helps newly arrived families and individuals feel valued and accepted and extends a hand of welcome and friendship in the neighbourhood. They provide information about local groups and services and can help for example, with finding an English class or a local doctor.

Make Lunch: Filling the Holiday Hunger Gap

For many children the school holidays are not just a break from the classroom, they are also a break from hot meals. Opening a Lunch Kitchen helps to ensure children who receive free school meals get at least one cooked meal during the school holidays.

Young People, Children & Families

Interested in developing a project or service for young people? We have partners who would love to support you in creating a bespoke service that supports young people.

Interested in supporting children and families?
There are plenty of ways you can add value to the work done by schools and children’s centres.
Get in touch to find out more about the funding and support available

Men's Sheds

They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not a building but the network of relationships between the members

CAP Job Club

A CAP Job Club is a friendly place where you will get practical help as you seek employment. It’s a relaxed environment where job seekers get support and gain the tools needed to find work.

Community Money Advice

Community Money Advice centres provide free, face to face debt advice, helping people to develop an individual debt management plan and supporting them to free themselves of debt.