The St. Nicholas Care Fund was set up by Cardinal Winning in 1992. The Care Fund offers small grants to schools, charities, churches and other community-based organisations operating in the Archdiocese of Glasgow with the aim of supporting people and communities facing poverty and hardship.
If you are a small organisation working with a disadvantaged community you may submit your application at any time but be aware that applications are considered quarterly as set out below. Please note we do not fund core costs your application should focus on the additionality that our grant can support. Full details are available on our guidelines.
Please complete the necessary application forms below and return to
Deadlines for Submission of Applications 2024:
- Monday 5 February 2024
- Monday 6 May 2024
- Monday 5 August 2024
- Monday 4 November 2024
Grants are awarded to the successful applicants 5 weeks after the deadline.
Archbishop William Nolan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PCT-St Nicholas Care Fund said:
"The Fund was established 30 years ago this year by the late Cardinal Winning, and it seeks to help people and communities in need throughout the Archdiocese of Glasgow. The Cardinal's intuition remains the charity's method of working – providing small grants to charities, churches, schools, and community groups offering support to people in need.
The Fund supports people of all faiths and none ... People without access to the basics – safety, warmth and clothing - following the effects of the Covid pandemic and the current cost of living crisis; asylum seekers and migrants fleeing war and persecution and looking only for safety and a better life; people affected by disability, homelessness, or drug addiction .. all have received grant support from the St Nicholas Care Fund in recent times.
This winter the need is perhaps greater than at any time since the Fund was founded, and so I would humbly ask you – the people of our parishes and families of our schools – to continue to support us with your donations, and if you need support for your community, to come to us for help in times of greatest need".
The fund offers small grants to groups, agencies and projects working for the common good of all people in need in and around Glasgow. To see whether the project you have in mind might be eligible for a grant please read the Guidance Notes.
- Download Guidance Notes for Grant Form
- Download Grant Form
- Read the Latest Newsletter
- See the Latest Funding Update
- Read Archbishop Nolan's 2023 Caring Sunday appeal: the need for help has never been greater.
Why donate to the St Nicholas Care Fund?
“The Fund directly supports people in need. The grants are awarded to a wide range of communities and needs, allowing people to make a real difference.”
- Support the Care Fund Via My Giving Hub
- Support the Care Fund using the QR Code below. - Donations can be made by using the camera on your smartphone. Scan the QR code below and follow the instructions that appear on screen. This is a safe and secure link to our donations page.
The Archbishop and the Board of Trustees would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all our donors.
A long-time donor said:
“We are asked to give to all kinds of good causes at all times of year and sometimes we feel ‘I can’t give to everything’. The greatest recommendation for donating to the St Nicholas Care Fund is the wide range of causes that are supported, making you feel that you are giving to everything.” Someone who donates via a monthly standing order.
A Trustee writes:
“I have supported the Trust since its inception, and when I was asked to consider becoming a trustee, there was only one possible answer ‘Of course I will!’ Why? Because I see the Trust as ‘our’ trust, supported by the people of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, and supporting in turn small local groups for the most part; groups which would not think of approaching the big funders because they just want a small grant to get started or to meet a one-off expense. As a trustee, I get the opportunity to go out and see the great things that people are doing for each other.”
 Here Archbishop Tartaglia refers to St Lawrence. As a deacon, St Lawrence had responsibility for the patrimony of the Church in ancient Rome. When the authorities demanded that he should hand over the Church’s treasures, it is said that he showed them the poorest and most vulnerable people and declared: “Here are the Church’s treasures”.
For further information please don't hesitate to contact us at:
Telephone: 0141 226 5898
Scottish Registered Charity: : The Pastoral Care Trust - The St Nicholas Care Fund (SCO29832)