Trustees are bound to confine their support to projects with an interfaith content along the lines described in the statement of the Trust's Scope
. In relation to academic applications, the Trust supports research into recognised religious traditions other than the student's own or for studying religion from a comparative perspective. The statement explicitly refers to ‘religious
principles’, so applications need to have a primarily religious
concern rather than a sociological or anthropological one. The Trust
does not normally support those studying their own religion.
If you consider that your application comes within the terms of
the Trust, the following information is needed for postgraduate
interfaith study or projects. Applicants seeking grants for other projects relevant to the Trust’s aims should supply equivalent information. Please send all information by post to the Secretary of the Spalding Trust (see Contact
), typed on one side of A4 only, in an A4 envelope, unstapled and unfolded
An outline of your proposal (if it is a course,
please give details).
A copy of your curriculum vitae, with your
own religious commitment, if any.
Details of your budget and of other sources
of possible funding to whom you
have applied, by completing a hard copy of the financial
Kindly arrange for the Secretary to receive
at least one (preferably two) academic references on your behalf.
The Trust will not itself seek references; applicants are themselves
responsible for asking for letters of recommendation to be sent
directly to the Secretary of the Spalding Trust.
Applications are considered monthly by Trustees but only after receipt
of all the details requested. It is usual for Trustees to take three
months to reach a decision on an application; applicants will be
informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.
Trustees do not normally make grants retrospectively for a project
that has already been undertaken.
In special circumstances Trustees will consider applications for
recurrent grants that may extend over one year; normally they expect
an application to be made on each occasion that a grant is requested.
It is helpful if day and evening telephone numbers, and email address,
are enclosed with applications in case any additional information
is requested by Trustees.