Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum or maximum grant amount?

There is no minimum or maximum grant amount. The trustees expect that all applications will be properly and realistically costed and may decline an application or seek further clarification if this is not apparent.

How do I submit my application to GEM?

All applications are now made online.  Please register and login using the ‘Login’ button at the top righthand side of our website.

What are GEM’s eligibility criteria for a grant?

GEM is only able to make grants to Christian charities registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland or international charities registered in their home country.

For international Christian charities and NGO’s we ask that you also upload a copy of your organisation’s registration certificate, Charity trust deed and audited accounts for the last three years.

The trustees require all applications to be made via their application form and for a charity’s most recent audited accounts to be submitted at the same time.

Applicants may only make one funding application in any twelve month period regardless of outcome.

What will GEM not fund?

Multi-year grants.

Projects that do not have a demonstrable Christian purpose or objective.

Building and renovation projects within the UK or abroad.

Funding for individuals rather than charities.

Salaries and other types of administrative support which might reasonably be expected to be met by a church congregation, users of that particular facility or governing body.

Student grants.

If you are unsure as to whether your application meets our funding criteria, please email us at

What happens if my grant is unsuccessful?

The current funding policy allows charities to submit a funding application once in any twelve month period, regardless of outcome. Please contact the office on 01761 412273 if you require further clarification on time-limits.

What happens after I have received the offer of a grant?

Applicants are advised of the trustees’ decision in writing within a short time of the trust meeting. If successful, the trust will then seek confirmation of the applicant’s bank details and arrange for the grant to be paid on a set date. The funding letter will also detail the reporting requirements that form part of the grant.

Can I challenge the decision of the trustees?

The trustees do not normally give explanations for their decisions or enter into correspondence with an applicant about the content of their application.