The Joseph Rank Trust

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Joseph Rank, a miller in the 19th and 20th centuries, set up a number of grant making trusts to further the aims he had supported throughout his life. Joseph was a passionate member of the Methodist Church and the trusts represented a practical expression of his strong Christian beliefs and his desire to advance the Christian faith and to help the less fortunate members of society. After his death in 1943 his family and friends continued his work taking responsibility for distribution of the money he had made and given to those he felt compelled to support.

The current trust was established in June 2002. The Joseph Rank Trust (JRT) is not a Methodist Church institution, nor is it part of the Connexion. It is an independent grant-making charity  which supports the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the Methodist Church in Ireland. The Trust supports the following:

  • Property Schemes which provide improved facilities both for the church itself and the local community;
  • Family workers (at Church, Circuit or District Level);
  • Youth workers (at Church, Circuit or District Level);
  • Other areas of local Home Mission work

For more details about the Trust and how to apply visit the website.

The Joseph Rank Trust and Methodism

This communication was received from the Joseph Rank Trust:

In 2016 the Board of Trustees met four times to consider grant applications from Circuits and individual Churches in respect of property schemes and other applications such as Mission Enablers, Church Outreach workers and Youth Workers. The total grant commitments made by this Trust in 2016 were:

The Methodist Church of Great Britain: £525,050
The Methodist Church in Ireland: £184,000
TOTAL: £709,050

With regard to applications in 2017, the Trustees meet in January, April, July and October. There are no specific deadlines for each meeting as applications are considered upon receipt. If they are too late for a meeting they may be considered at the next. Check the Joseph Rank Trust website to find out if applications are currently being accepted (applications are closed from time to time).

In 2016 seven out of ten applications were returned because they were incomplete. Please can you make sure that applicants follow the guidance as expressed on this web page.

Updated by Grants Team on 1/9/2017