On Valentine’s day, The Plater Trust has today launched a new 2.5 million grant programme which hopes to offer up to £500,000 in grants for good causes, annually, for the next five years.
It is calling on all registered charities who share its Catholic Social Teaching 1 values to apply for grants for social action, lay leadership or applied research projects for up to £50,000 per grant.
Bishop Richard Moth, the new chair of the CPT said:
“It is significant and timely that we are extending the Church’s charity and social
mission to all who care about making a difference in our increasingly divided and
We have been working hard over the last year to reorganise our finances so that we
can make more of the legacy of the late Fr Charles Plater available for good causes.
This is our biggest and most sustained programme of grant making ever, and I
know that there are great partners out there for us to work with to make real the
Church’s social mission across England and Wales on the 100 th anniversary of the
death of Fr Plater.”
Cathy Corcoran, former CEO of the Cardinal Hume Centre, and the new chair of the CPT grant making committee said:
“We’ve now got a challenging task to find the best of the best applicants to support.
We judge each application on its respective strengths and go through a rigorous
process to be as transparent and open about who we fund and why. Since 2008,
we’ve funded 51 different projects and look for partners who care as much as we do
about delivering high quality work that can evidence the difference made to
vulnerable individuals, communities or create transformations in policy and
practice. It’s a real privilege to help make a difference in this way.”
Any registered English or Welsh charity can apply for funding, as long as the proposed work has direct benefit in England and Wales and fits one of the three Plater priority themes of lay leadership, social action and/or applied research. The Trust will also consider applications from organisations seeking to use a grant as match funding as part of a larger project. All further details can be found at www.plater.org.uk where there is an online application form for ease of submission. The closing date is Tuesday 15 th March 2021 with all successful applicants publicly announced at an award ceremony on 25 th May 2022.
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