Of interest to Organisations dealing with Religious Education, Faith-Based Activities, Communities
Westhill Endowment provides financial investment and other resources to support religious education projects and faith-motivated activities that enable people to transform their lives and the life of their communities.
They want to invest in projects that enable people to live together in peace and prosperity. Their mission is to do this through projects that involve religious education and faith-motivated community transformation activities. Ideally these projects should be creative and inclusive of people of different Christian traditions and of other faiths and none.
There is no geographical restriction on their grants, but the majority are for activities based in the UK.
Westhill’s primary focus is on providing financial investment and other resources to support formal and informal religious education projects and faith-motivated activities that enable people to transform their lives and the life of their communities.
Religious education activities can be either formal or informal and ideally should enable participants to learn from and about other faiths. Westhill will also consider grants that develop the capacity of organisations to better serve the needs of their beneficiaries or service users in the fields of religious education and faith-motivated community transformation.
Applicants are required to put forward ideas in a simple and concise way, supported by a budget using our standard application form. A successful application will show achievable step by step planned outcomes towards a final goal and show what funds are required to secure each stage. Your organisation’s up to date accounts and key participants CVs are always welcomed as supporting information.
They are always open to new ideas and initiatives but they do not make grants to individuals, respond to general appeals, fund capital projects or contribute towards the cost of ongoing employment of permanent staff.
Most of their grants are to projects in the UK, however, they are able to consider applications for international activities with accountable UK-based partner organisation.
Applications for the following activities are very unlikely to be successful:
- If the expected impact of the project is unclear or considered to be very unlikely to be achievable.
- Capital appeals for building projects.
- Requests for funding that seek to persuade people of one faith/political belief or none to adopt another faith/political belief.
- Requests for contributions towards ongoing salary costs, although Westhill does consider applications to fund the costs of sessional, part-time or project staff.
- If Westhill has provided a grant to the same applicant within the past 12 months.
- Where the beneficiaries of the project do not involve humans, i.e. projects that work exclusively for the benefit of animals or for the environment.
- If the activity to be funded is a statutory responsibility of the State.
- If it is clear that the applicant has sufficient unrestricted reserves to self-fund the project.
Westhill generally consider applications for grants requiring investment of between £1,000 and £20,000. Larger sums for projects running over two years are also considered but they would advise that you seek match funding in such cases.
There are no formal upper or lower limits on the amount that can be applied for. Most grants from Westhill are between £2,500 and £10,000.
Westhill’s Grants & Projects Committee meets on a termly basis and the deadline for receipt of applications is three weeks before each meeting. They will advise you of the specific timings when you make your application.