Grant Giving: The Benevolence Committee

The Benevolence Committee administers on behalf of the Kirk Session funds resulting from gifts, offerings and benefactions received by St Columba’s specifically for benevolence purposes. Its origins go back to 1973. The largest fund, The Alexander Rose Memorial Fund, may be used to help Scots and people of Scottish descent, while other smaller funds have less restrictive trust deeds. The Committee’s policy is primarily to make small one-off payments to assist with a specific problem rather than to enter into any long-term commitment. Grants are usually between £100 and £300, though we have occasionally joined forces with another charity such as the Royal Scottish Corporation for larger items such as a wheelchair.

Examples of help given include:

  • Essential furnishings for a new tenancy for the previously homeless
  • Help with redecoration costs following a period of illness or stress
  • Contribution to a convalescent stay or short holiday in cases of real need
  • Contribution to the fare to Scotland for a funeral or other family event
  • Financial help for students, such as fees or books
  • Replacement clothes for the elderly

The Committee meets quarterly. Application may be made by printing and completing the form attached below and sending it to the Convenor of the Benevolence Committee, Church Office, St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD.

All applications are treated in confidence.

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