Guidelines

The Christian Science Trust in Great Britain 

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Email: administrator@trustbrit.org.uk

Funding Guidelines

These Guidelines are reviewed annually. [Updated October 2014]

An application form should be completed to apply for a grant.

The following requirements must be met in order to receive financial aid:

  • A Church, Society, Informal Group, Christian Science Organisation or The Mother Church should support and submit the application.
  • A financial need must exist in order to apply for financial aid. Please note that no on-going funding is available for any project or initiative, e.g. salaries, maintenance.
  • The applicant should contribute at least 25% of the total cost of the project to be funded. In well-documented and exceptional cases the funding may cover more than 75%.
  • An application for financial aid must be in place before any expenses are incurred.
  • A fruitage report must be completed and submitted at the end of each project. With permission, these reports may be shared with the field through Trust newsletters.
The Guidelines shown below indicate the circumstances that will be considered by the trustees for financial support. 
  • The Trustees are open to creative ideas for promoting and supporting activities and will assist applicants to fulfil these when they are not able to do so themselves. All applications are considered individually. Funding is not automatic and may not always be to the maximum percentage mentioned.
  • Donations and all financial contributions from other sources will be taken into account when making a decision on funding.
  • All projects are considered regardless of the size,

Lectures

Churches

Contribution of up to 75% of costs for second and subsequent lectures held in the same lecture year.

Societies

Contribution of up to 75% of all lecture costs.

Informal Groups

Contribution of up to 75% of all lecture costs. The application for the lecture must be supported by a church or society.

Reading Rooms

  • Contributions of up to 75% will be considered for windows/displays. Opening hours and availability to the public will be taken into account.
  • We will support the upgrade/enhancement of Reading Rooms to improve their visibility and outreach potential.
  • We will support the establishment of a display facility in a place that is well located.

Media and Technology Development

  • Advertising - contribution of up to 50%.
  • A contribution of up to 75% (maximum £1,500) will be given to a Reading Room wishing to introduce or upgrade their technology provision. Assistance is for the first system only, not for a second computer and does not include on-going ISP or line access fees.
  • A grant may be available for set-up fees if that skill is not available from members. Upgrades will be considered at five year intervals.
  • Website development – contribution of up to 75%. However, there must be a sustainable plan to maintain and update the website going forward.

Building Assistance

Grants will not normally be given to Churches or Societies for the routine repair and maintenance of their buildings. However, the Trustees would support projects which address the promotion of Christian Science. Assistance may also be available for branches moving tomore efficient settings, and for seeking compliance with local accessibility regulations. All applications are considered individually.

Individual Support

The Fund does not provide support to individual Christian Scientists. However applications for assistance will be considered from Mother Church appointees, Committees on Publication, and Christian Science nurses to attend international and national conferences and activities which are specific to their position. Other meetings and activities may be considered on the basis of their compliance.

The Westminster Fund

Applications to The Christian Science Trust in Great Britain are sometimes referred to The Westminster Fund because the fund's charitable objectives are slightly different. However as a general rule the Trustees of The Westminster Fund do refer to the Trust Brit guidelines.

For more information visit thewestminsterfund.co.uk