How to apply


With due regard to the advancement of the Christian religion;

1) The redemption of slaves in Africa and African slaves elsewhere; relief and assistance of same.

2) Promotion of education and welfare of persons of African descent including inhabitants of the island of St. Helena.

The trustees interpret these objects to support the following types of projects:

  • We support proposals that come directly from African organisations, with a strong preference for supporting churches and Christian organisations working in their communities.
  • We support proposals that directly address the poverty needs of vulnerable people and communities at risk.
  • We encourage and support a self-help approach with an emphasis on funding tangible elements of a project which allow communities to build up their assets or encourage education.

Further guidance on Trustee Preferences

The trust gives grants to organisations that apply directly from Africa, though consideration is given to links with UK organisations or individuals that can vouch for the quality of the work and for the reliability of the organisation to spend the funding as requested (it is helpful for a UK-based partner to act as a reference for them though no costs will be given to them for this).

In the main, the Trust aims to support Christian organisations to undertake initiatives within their communities that enhance the education or economic well-being of those communities, especially the most vulnerable, poor or excluded.

Trustees have previously shown a preference for supporting discreet and tangible elements of a project, where it can be shown to bring definite benefits in terms of education or income–generation. This has included the funding of capital items for income generating activities or support for educational resources. Evidence of how the work will help communities become more sustainable is always looked for.

Trustees do not give grants to large projects or organisations, but prefer to provide grants to small community-based organisations and local churches that work together with the people who will benefit from the funding.

They do not give grants for the on-going revenue costs of larger projects nor will they contribute funding for larger capital resources, where the RHCT funding forms only a small part of it.

Summary of what we support (essential funding criteria):

  • African Organisations submitting their proposals directly (UK references can help but none of their costs will be covered).
  • Practical solutions for the welfare of Africans including the economic and educational advancement of poor and vulnerable communities
  • Proposals from Christian and/or organisations that adhere to Christian principles. If your Christian credentials are not clear, please provide a reference from your local church leader.
  • Where a small grant (see above) would make the difference to an activity going ahead or not. The average grant is between £750-£1,000.
  • Trustees expect a report on how the money has been spent, twelve months after the grant is agreed.

Trustee Preferences:

  • Support for tangible elements of a project or activity and small capital requirements (such as equipment)
  • Income generating activities where the benefits will help poor communities
  • Promoting skills training for poorer communities and access to education
  • Evidence that the project has been developed by local people with the involvement of the community
  • Activities that protect the environment or promote the sustainable use of resources
  • Enhancing resources for the poorest and most vulnerable members of a community
  • References by a UK-based organisation that can vouch for your work.
  • Proposals from individual churches are particularly welcome.

What we do NOT support:

  • Support for individuals – including school fees, bursaries or travel costs associated with education
  • General funding requests
  • UK-based or International organisations based outside of Africa
  • On-going revenue costs
  • Multi-year requests
  • Larger organisations with a sound fundraising base
  • Medical services

How to Apply

Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications.  Proposals need to reach us by the beginning of March or the beginning of September (exact deadlines can be confirmed by the correspondent below on request).

Proposals should be no more than two pages, including a brief budget. Please answer the following questions:

  1. Where do you work (country, region and town/district) and what communities do you serve?
  2. What is the problem you are dealing with?
  3. What do you want to do – describe the practical steps you will take (bullet points are fine)?
  4. How many people will benefit from the activity and who are they?
  5. What are the main costs that you need to fund? (provide a brief budget and details of your bank a/c)
  6. Have you included evidence of your government registration or affiliation to a recognised church?

Send to:                       Mr Paul Bracken, 16 Holmside Road, London, SW12 8RJ