About us

The John James Charitable Trust was founded over 30 years ago by a Christian businessman from Leeds.  His guiding principles were the command in 1 John that Christians are to love one another, and the statement in the letter of James, that faith without works is dead.  The source of those principles also led to the Trust’s name.  

Charitable Objects

The Trust’s Charitable Objects as described in the original Trust Deed are set out below.  In summary we exist to:

  1. Promote education in the Christian faith among children and young people, and
  2. Support people in training for Christian ministry.

Our Guidelines

When we consider applications we think through the following questions:

  1. Is the ministry one we can be involved in and help to sustain over a period of time?
  2. Does the applicant have a demonstrable heart for ministry in the long term?
  3. Might the applicant struggle to obtain funding from other sources?
  4. Is the individual supported by his/her local church and a wider network?
  5. Is this a new ministry or an extension to an existing one which we feel will make a difference in the community it seeks to serve?
  6. Is making Christ known at the heart of the application?

Additional Notes

  1. We welcome applications from individuals or organisations.  Organisations will need to be registered with the Charity Commission.
  2. 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.