2010-2011 Grants

Grants Awarded in 2010-2011

The Trust made its allocations in 2010-2011 in support of its third granting theme: The intellectual endeavour of refreshing Catholic social thought in dialogue with the British context through scholarship and writing linked with policy formation.  As in previous years, the theme and application procedure were publicised in the national media, and bids were received requesting support several times the available allocation.  At the end of this process, there were three applicants who were collectively granted £148,310.  These recipients were:

Von Hugel Institute,  St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge: 2013-04-25 Cover of published book£65,150 to fund The Big Society: Catholic Social Teaching in Subsidiarity and Decentralization. This research project assesses the impact of the Big Society’s view of decentralisation and its application to British civil society, reinvigorating Catholic social teaching to provide a guide to a changing social and political environment. The research time was made up of Professor John Loughlin, Peter Allott and Richard Crellin. Interim findings were explored at a conference in June 2012 on Catholic Social Thought and the Big Society (www.vonhugel.org.uk/node/97 ) and published as an article in The Tablet on 30th June 2012.

The research findings have now been published as a book, launched at the House of Lords on 24th April.  The Von Hugel Institute will also be using the findings of the research as material on a teaching course on CST for those in training for the permanent diaconate in the northern dioceses of England. This will take place in December 2013 in St Edmund’s College.

The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in partnership with Citizens UK: £52,000 to support Asylum, Catholic Social Teaching & the Big Society. This collaborative project links research and community engagement by using the values of the Catholic Church and the call to human dignity to assist in developing policies for children and families seeking sanctuary through the asylum and immigration system.

Caritas Social Action Network: £31,160 for their Criminal Justice Project. The project seeks to take advantage of new opportunities for dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Government, to stimulate debate, develop policy, inform Government policy and propose practical initiatives regarding the prison population and an improved response to crime.

Sources: Adapted from grant applications