How to apply

All applicants must complete the application form appropriate to their situation; please refer to the criteria laid out below.

If you are unsure if you fit the criteria, please contact us explaining your situation. If your situation fits our criteria, we will then need you to complete an application form. If you have questions please do email our Administrator using the contact form. They will respond to your query and contact you for more information if required.

Your submitted application will be reviewed initially and if successful at this stage, references will be taken up.  Once references have been received, your application will go to full assessment at the next Trustee meeting; these take place roughly every two months with meetings in March and July dedicated to student applications. Your application may be deferred to the next Trustee meeting if the Trustees feel they need more information. If your application is not successful we will notify you and explain the principal reason(s) for that.

Please note applications from individuals or organisations based overseas without an affiliated charitable organisation or recognised sponsoring organisation in the UK will not be considered.

Any request for funding must come within our charitable objects and our guidelines. Please read the guidelines provided.

Our Charitable Objects

  1. Promote the advancement of education in the Christian religion amongst children and young people and the advancement of physical education amongst children and young people so as to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities and so as to ensure that they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society
  2. Advance the Christian faith and in particular (but without limiting the foregoing) by providing assistance to clergy, missionaries, ordinands, Church Army personnel or lay people engaged in a specific ministry to advance the Christian religion who are undertaking training in relation to their ministry by the provision and maintenance of scholarships and grants for such persons
  3. Relieve poverty (and any distress arising therefrom) created by sudden or unexpected circumstances affecting clergy or their families, missionaries or Christian lay people serving at home or overseas
  4. Promote any other charitable purpose which the Trustees may deem appropriate having regard primarily to the objects set out in sub clauses (a) (b) and (c) above
  5. Relieve poverty, advance religion, promote education and do all such other things beneficial to the community as may be charitable under the laws of England and Wales.

Our Guidelines

We have developed some guidelines to assist us in considering applications and they are as follows:

  1. We are in the breakthrough business as a core activity
  2. We want to make a difference so we can look back and be proud of what we have done
  3. We tend to support contemporary issues that lie on the fringe of organised support
  4. We want to be used as an answer to prayer and where there was nowhere else to turn, we could make it happen
  5. We want our actions to be sustaining and encouraging over a period of time

Additional Notes

The Trust aims to support Christian individuals or organisations involved in ministry, education and training, sports, business development or other activities that support the advancement of the Christian faith in the UK or overseas.

Our average grant is £2,000. Please look at our Partners page to find out what we have funded in the past, to give you an idea of our focus.

Individuals or organisations can apply to the John James Charitable Trust. If an organisation, you will need to be registered with the Charity Commission.

Application Forms

We have 3 different application forms – one for individuals in ministry, one for organisations and one for those applying for support during training.  Please click on the appropriate box for the relevant form.

Please note the deadline for receipt of completed student applications is either 31 January or 31 May (for consideration at the Trustee meetings in March and July respectively).

Individual application

Organisation Application

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Student Application