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Guidelines for Applicants


Applicants are encouraged and advised to discuss proposals at outline stage with the The Trust’s Co-ordinator, Rosemary Watson. Please contact her via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications should also be emailed to the same address.


The aim of the Trust is to promote researches and activities that evaluate and develop social structures, processes and attitudes in order to release energies for change, from the perspective of Christianity.

Trustees are currently wanting to encourage work that supports the following outcome:

Being and building communities that are diverse and cohesive, in order to bring about a stronger society

Within this theme the Trust will prioritize applications focused on:

  1. Constructive communication and understanding between Christianity and the other principal faith traditions;
  2. People of faith engaging in social and political issues;
  3. Shared social action in plural settings;

The Trust is principally interested in supporting thoughtful, qualitative action research, work that has an element of research and innovation, with the likelihood of wider dissemination and replication. With increasing competition for scarcer funds, the Trustees' strategy is to support work where their funding will make the largest difference. Grants rarely fall outside the £500-£8,000 range.

Grants may be given in association with other charities, if this is a means of achieving the Trust’s aims. The Trust does not usually collaborate in quasi-governmental projects.

Since its funds are small, the Trust does not fund core activities. The Trust does not fund work undertaken in connection with any college or university courses or higher degrees, gap-year activities or exchanges, nor is it able to fund building or refurbishment costs, nor ongoing running costs for institutions or organizations. The Trust is very unlikely to fund air fares.

We welcome imaginative funding applications that will further our aims.

PLEASE NOTE! The next meeting of Trustees, when applications will be considered, is Tuesday 17th June 2025. The deadline for applications is Monday 19th May 2025.

Please read our Guidelines page carefully before applying


Applications (maximum of four sides of A4 and an absolute maximum of 2000 words) should be presented under the following points:

  • Name and contact details of applicant organization;
  • Title and brief description of the project, including the need for the work, aims and expected outputs and outcomes;
  • Indication of why the application is being made to the MB Reckitt Trust;
  • Amount requested from the Trust, over what period, and the date by which an initial payment will be needed;
  • A budget for the project, distinguishing the costs for which grant support from the Trust is requested;
  • Details of any other bodies providing, or being approached for, financial support;
  • In the case of projects leading to publication, a brief synopsis of contents and publication plans;
  • Details of two referees who are external to your organisation;
  • Most recent accounts, where the application is from an organisation (not included in the four-page maximum);
  • Any supporting publications, publicity material, annual reports, or other material the applicant considers relevant may be added to the application (though please note that these are unlikely to be circulated to all Trustees).

Successful applicants are required to provide narrative and financial reports within twelve months of receipt of grant support in a form acceptable to the Trust, to supply information on the project to be placed on the Trust’s website, and to acknowledge the contribution of the MB Reckitt Trust in any publications and publicity material connected with the work supported by the Trust.

Grant funds not spent within 18 months of the date of the offer must be returned to the Trust.