Charity No: 209066
The Trust was founded by Mr and Mrs H. N. Spalding
in the 1920s to promote a better understanding between the great
cultures of the world by encouraging the study of the religious
principles on which they are based.
To further this purpose, the Trust makes grants to institutions
and to individuals. The institutions may include libraries, colleges or
any place of learning, and the grant may be dedicated to the purchase
of books, the provision of a subsidy towards the cost of a visiting
lecturer's fee or, in exceptional circumstances, to the establishment
of a professorial Chair or a Lectureship.
In the case of individuals, a grant may be offered, for example,
to support the costs involved in a research project or the cost of publication
of the results of research. The Trustees are particularly interested
in research projects which are backed by a professional ability to raise the standard of knowledge of religious principles and practices, and to interpret their relation to contemporary society. Consideration is also given to applications which are not academically
orientated, provided that they will have a practical and beneficial
effect on inter- religious understanding.
The Trustees are willing to consider applications for assistance
expenses, but they would need to be assured that they would thereby
be supporting projects that have a specific bearing on the Trust's
interests. In general, the Trustees are reluctant to approve requests for assistance with the expenses of undertaking or completing first-degree courses.
On completion of a project, the Trustees expect to receive a report
on what has been achieved, and in the case of funds provided to assist with
publication costs, the grant should be acknowledged within the publication
The Trust's resources do not permit assistance to applicants to
whom adequate other sources of finance are available. In a number of cases, the
grant may be offered only in support of major funding from elsewhere.
No grant may be offered for a study or project within the context
of the applicant's own religion unless there is likely to be a significant
result in the improvement of inter-religious understanding. Trustees
meet annually to consider major applications but grants are also
approved monthly throughout the year.