Grant eligibility criteria

Please note these pages were updated in June 2020.

What we do and do not fund

Please note these pages were updated in June 2020.

What we fund

  • Religion and Worldviews (Religious Education) as a school curriculum subject.

Our understanding of religion and worldviews is aligned with the proposed Statement of Entitlement in the Commission on RE Report (2018). The Trust advocates for the importance of education in religion and worldviews because it prepares pupils for life in a complex world. It enables them to become free thinking, respectful, critical participants of public discourse, who can make academically well-informed judgements about important matters of religion and belief. To secure funding you need to be able to demonstrate that you share this understanding.

Please note that as of June 2020 we no longer fund projects focused solely on spiritual and moral development.

What we do not fund

  • Deficit reduction or building projects
  • Projects outside the UK
  • Religious proselytising or instruction
  • The purchase of teaching resources for schools
  • RE/Religion and worldview programmes delivered by external groups visiting schools

Please note that these five categories are outside the Culham St Gabriel’s grants strategy and will not be considered.

Our grant priorities

Please note these pages were updated in June 2020.

1. All applicants are asked to justify their project in terms of the following grant priority:

The Trust’s priority is an education in religion and worldviews (RE).

2. All applicants are asked to explain how their project will align with and contribute to the vision and mission of the Trust:

The Trust’s vision is for broad-based, critical and reflective education in religion and worldviews contributing to a well-informed, respectful and open society.

The Trust works towards it vision by:

  • Increasing public understanding of religion and worldviews education
  • Engaging with, informing and influencing decision makers
  • Creating well-informed, empowered and influential educationalists
  • Establishing and building strategic and collaborative partnerships and networks
  • Commissioning and publishing focused and accessible research
  • Championing and developing inspired and well-resourced teaching and learning

3. All applicants are asked to explain how their project aligns with one or more of the Trust’s strategic objectives:

  • Promoting positive public perception of an education in religion and worldviews
  • Influencing government policy in supporting religion and worldviews, including the recommendations of the Commission on RE (2018)
  • Advocating for the importance of a high-quality education in religion and worldviews within the education world
  • Developing excellent leadership and teaching of religion and worldviews
  • Facilitating the Religion and Worldviews community to work more cohesively

Further information about these objectives can found here:

4. The trust places a particular emphasis on the importance of dissemination, collaboration and partnership, and is also interested to learn how a project can be helped to become self-sustaining.

Please note that since June 2020 the Trust no longer has a subsidiary priority relating to spiritual and moral development.


Culham St Gabriel’s will evaluate your application using the following criteria:


Does the project have a practical or policy application to rigorous, innovative teaching or curriculum enrichment in UK schools, related to RE, school worship, spiritual and moral development, school leadership or ethos?


Does the applicant individual or organisation have the knowledge, expertise, commitment and judgement to deliver the project? Is the application supported by two referees not connected to the project?


Does the proposal include plans for the project to have positive impact on learning and teaching or policy? How well is this impact defined and prepared for?

See our Impact Statement PDF for more guidance on this.


Does the proposal include clear plans for spreading and embedding good practice in and beyond one institution? Do the plans include a strong commitment to collaboration, partnership and dissemination of excellence?

Value for money

Ought the funding to support the proposal be coming from local or central government, or from the applicant’s faith/belief community? Is the amount requested broken down into budgeted detail? Is the amount justifiable when compared with the number of teachers and/or learners affected?

Success and sustainability

Does the project have a clear definition of success? For corporate applications, can the project continue independently after funding?

Conditions of grant

Culham St Gabriel’s reserves the right to place conditions on any grant awarded. Grant money is always to be used only for the purpose described in the application.

Conditions may include any of the following:

  • Applicant is required to submit an annual progress report to CSTG office
  • The project is timed to complete by a given date
  • The project is budgeted so that any underspend is returned to the trust
  • If the proposed project or course is not completed, the remainder of the award is to be returned to the trust
  • If the proposed project or course is not undertaken, the award is to be returned to the trust in full
  • CSTG should be informed of any other grant applications made and if the project succeeds in gaining any financial support from other sources, this must be declared immediately, and may lead to adjustment of the grant
  • If the proposal includes matched funding, CSTG’s offer will be conditional on the applicant gaining the full remainder of the amount needed from other sources
  • Organisations invited to submit a stage 2 application are expected to have a recently reviewed safeguarding policy in place which is relevant to their beneficiaries
  • An external evaluation should be included in the project
  • An impact report is required, with an impact interview in some cases
  • A CSTG Trustee or staff member will sit on the project steering group
  • Any report or product from the project must acknowledge the support of CSTG
  • Applicants are required to account for any royalties that may accrue to them from publication