How does the application process work?
Once you have applied online the application will need to be approved by your choice of Referee (a copy of your application will be forwarded to them by email). If approved your application will then be checked against our eligibility criteria by two trustees. A BACS payment or cheque will be sent to the holiday organiser following approval from the trustees. You will receive an email confirming this.
Can anyone apply?
The person applying does not have to hold the Christian faith, but the holiday etc has to be a recognised Christian event. The application can be made by the person attending the event, a parent, guardian or sponsor. The maximum age of an applicant is 18.
When should the application be made?
Online applications could take up to 4 weeks to be processed once approved by the Referee. Application forms sent to us in the post may take significantly longer. All applications need to be made at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the holiday.
Will the money be paid directly to me?
Grants will be paid by BACS or cheque, only payable directly to the holiday organiser.
Do I have to divulge personal information on the application form?
The application form asks for the reason for the application, and whether the parent or recipient is receiving state benefit (it is not necessary to be on benefits to be considered). The form also has to be verified by a church minister, youth leader, or holiday leader. All this information is treated in strictest confidence and is seen by only two of the Trustees of the Fund.
How much can the fund contribute towards the holiday?
The Fund currently contributes a maximum of £80 or half the cost of the holiday (including travel), whichever is the lesser.