Grant eligibility criteria

What we do and do not fund

What we fund

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 or SMSC 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

All applications are asked to justify their project in terms of one or more of the following grant priorities:

1. The Trust’s first priority is RE. We aim to advance and promote excellence in the teaching of RE for children and young people in schools. Our RE priority has two focuses:

  • Policy and Infrastructure: To enable key partners to strengthen RE’s policy platform, funding base, and infrastructure in support of high quality teaching and learning. (This might, for example, involve enabling change in RE, through engaging stakeholders, lobbying, and development of policy proposals; or representing the RE community to government or media;
  • Teachers’ CPD and Research: To enhance and promote a comprehensive and coherent professional development and research offer to all RE teachers, with a clear impact on raising standards. (This might, for example, involve creating professional development opportunities in RE, focused on raising standards through better subject knowledge, pedagogical understanding, curriculum design, or assessment; or promoting research in RE, by supporting individual researchers, strengthening institutional research capacity, and deepening research-practice links

2. The Trust’s subsidiary priority is spiritual and moral development. This priority has one focus:

  • To develop key strategic approaches to spiritual and moral dimensions of school ethos and leadership, through research, training or networks (this might, for example, involve training school middle and senior leaders on promoting spiritual development, ethos, and values, or a research project on leadership and vision for spiritual and moral development).

For each priority, 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.


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