Archbishop of Wales Fund for Children
The fund is coming to a close
Sadly the Archbishop of Wales Fund for Children is being brought to an end with the last meeting to consider any applications being in May 2024 (applications to be received by 31 March 2024). Any donations should also be sent by 31 March 2024 so that they are available for distribution at the May meeting.
The Trustees would like to thank everyone for their donations over the past 20 years. By the time of its closure the Fund will have distributed in excess of £1 million pounds to the wonderful projects supporting children in need in Wales.
Making a donation
Individual or parish donations can be paid directly to the AWFC by bank transfer. Please email Natasha Aldridge at email@example.com for further details.
Cheques payable to the AWFC can be sent to the following address.
Floor 4, 2 Callaghan Square
Cardiff CF10 5BT
Individual taxpayers can complete a AWFC gift aid declaration form (Word) which will make their gift worth an additional 25% at no cost to the donor. Please email forms to Natasha Aldridge at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, donors may wish to use the Church in Wales Gift Direct System which manages gift aid donations to parishes and charities and is administered by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales.
The Archbishop of Wales Fund for Children was established by the Church in Wales in 2001 as a response to the Children’s Society’s decision to withdraw from Wales.
The fund is administered by a Board of Trustees and staff of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales who provide day to day clerical and administrative service.
The fund is a registered charity. Our charity number is 1102236.
There are five Trustees, appointed by the Bench of Bishops. The Chairman of the board of Trustees is The Reverend J Michael Williams. The Secretary to the Board of Trustees is Natasha Aldridge.
What is the purpose of the fund?
The fund has been set up to support children in need and their families and local communities through making grants to bona-fide organisations in the following order of priority and category.
- Those in the Dioceses of the Church in Wales
This category includes these social responsibility projects already operated by 3 Dioceses in Wales and individual parish projects. Applications from this group are treated the same, no one group has priority over another and grants are awarded on the merit of each grant application submitted.
- Those associated with other Christian Bodies with are members of CYTUN.
This category includes any application made under the corporate banner of one of the other Christian denominations in Wales such as the Methodist, Presbytarian. Again grants are awarded based on the merit of each application submitted.
- Other organisations working with children in need in Wales.
This category covers any application from secular groups e.g. Barnardos, Ty Hafan, after school groups and again grants are awarded based on the merit of each grant application.
How often does the Board of Trustees make grants?
The Board of Trustees meets on two occasions each year to consider applications.
How much money does the Board of Trustees normally grant?
There is no set sum of money awarded to successful applications. Grants can range from as little as £100 to as much as £5000, in very rare circumstances the Board of Trustees will consider emergency applications and may award a grant in excess of £5000.
How can I make an application?
Can I see a copy of the Trustees’ Annual Report?
- AWFC 2020 Annual Report (PDF)
- AWFC 2019 Annual Report (PDF)
- AWFC 2018 Annual Report (PDF)
- AWFC 2017 Annual Report (PDF)
- AWFC 2016 Annual Report (PDF)
Where does the money come from?
The money is raised throughout the Church in Wales from collections at special services such as Christingle services held in parish churches across the province. Also from personal collection boxes, gifts, and donations arising from one-off events such as sponsored cycle rides, bell-ringing, open garden days and much more.
What Children’s Projects have been supported by the Fund?
- The Archbishop Fund For Children newsletter VI 2019/20 - English (PDF)
- The Archbishop Fund For Children newsletter VI 2019/20 - Welsh (PDF)
- The Archbishop Fund For Children newsletter VI 2019 (PDF)
- The Archbishop Fund For Children newsletter V 2018 (PDF)
- The Archbishop Fund For Children newsletter IV 2016 (PDF)
- The Archbishop Fund For Children newsletter III 2014 (PDF)
- The Archbishop Fund For Children newsletter II 2012 (PDF)
- The Archbishop Fund For Children newsletter I 2011 (PDF)