News from The Charles Plater Trust

The Plater Trust has 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* values to apply for grants for social action, lay leadership or applied research projects for up to £50,000 per grant.

Parishes and communities interested in applying are encouraged to contact Jane Bamber, Community Development and Fundraising Manager for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, for help and advice on moving forward with an application.

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 unequal society.

"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 100th 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 on the Plater Trust website where there is an online application form for ease of submission.

For application support please contact Jane Bamber, Community Development and Fundraising Manager for the Archdiocese of Birmingham: [email protected] 

The closing date is Tuesday 15 March 2022 with all successful applicants publicly announced at an award ceremony on 25 May 2022.

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Catholic Social Teaching is the response of the Catholic Church to ‘the social question’, that is the social, economic and political issues of the day. This body of teaching has taken the form of major teaching documents produced by the popes and bishops of the Catholic Church. As the late Saint Pope John Paul II reminds us, Catholic Social Teaching seeks to provide an ‘a careful reflection on the complex realities of human existence . . . in the light of faith and the Church’s tradition’ (John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 41).