2012-13 Grants

Grants awarded 2012-13

Grants are awarded against a specific theme each year, with the theme for 2012-13 being ‘Leadership development for the laity, particularly in the area of social justice and social action, to equip individual Catholics to apply Catholic social teaching and play an active part in the Church’s mission.’

The Trust received twenty nine applications for funding totaling £1,250,000. These were mostly of the highest quality and only the limit on the amount available prevented more proposals from being supported. The Trust provides grants out of the proceeds of its investments from the sale of the original Plater College.

The successful award winners in 2013 were:

1.     Anchor House – the Brentwood Diocese’s Caritas initiative (£47,500)

This award will enable Anchor House to recruit a Caritas Development Manager for 12 months to:

a)      Build a network of Catholic laity, parishes, religious orders and national organisations working for the benefit of our communities;
b)      Launch a programme of education on Catholic Social Teaching (CST); and
c)       Generate greater involvement by the Catholic laity in social action initiatives

2.     Prison Advice & Care Trust (PACT) (£75,971)

2013-03-05Plater awards celebration 2013 - PACT stand

Plater awards celebration 2013 – PACT stand

The Plater Trust grant will support the expansion of “Basic Caring Communities”, a faith-inspired ex-prisoner resettlement project. PACT will recruit, train and support a team of 15-20 lay leaders to support ex-offenders in the critical early months following release when they are at most risk of re-offending (two thirds of offenders re-offend within 2 years of release). The project is aimed, in particular, at former offenders who are at a high risk of re-offending, but who represent a low risk to others in terms of harm.  Funding will support the development of a Lay Leadership Team including Lay Training Workers (one in London, one in the North West) and 3 Faith in Action Interns.

 3.     Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) (£22,435)

This grant is for the training in Catholic Social Teaching of volunteer SVP camp leaders to develop their understanding of social justice and how this applies to their work on camp with disadvantaged young people. The project consists of funding for training days and resource materials for camp leaders