If you need some basic guidance on writing funding applications then see our guide by clicking here: Writing Applications. One funding body that could help is the Joseph Rank Trust. See below for more information.


Joseph Rank Trust

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. He 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

A communication from the Joseph Rank Trust:

The Board of Trustees usually meets three or four times a year 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. 

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.

Grants awarded during 2018

Grants awarded during 2017


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