Assistance Guidelines

Our assistance to charitable organisations is designed to support all charitable organisations registered and operating all the World, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.  Please note we are not able to support individuals, business houses, governments or political parties.


The SCS Bank assistance to charitable organisations makes financial and goods assistance to any charitable organisation and charitable community groups working in a wide range of areas, examples of the projects and programs assisted, include projects and programs covering in rendering physical and spiritual assistance to all those in need and the helpless, carry out humanitarian, health, environmental, recycling, empowerment and outreach community projects and programs in environmental health and recycling, natural human and animal health, wealth, stewardship, financial health management and spiritual health. Support and sponsor change in peoples lives, so that the individual’s soul, the mind, the body, personality, character and the environment might be changed, might be health, and prosper for the benefit of the community and the nation in readiness for Jesus Christ’s return.


We welcome applications from all regions and countries of the World.


Please note that we do not support applications from individuals, community Interest Companies or Social Enterprises. We can only accept applications from organisations and community groups with charitable status.  This includes registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), NGOs, registered charitable community groups, excepted charities and exempt charities.


Revised Criteria for Support since COVID-19


The SCS Bank understands that charitable organisations and charitable community groups are now operating within very different circumstances since  March 2020 Coronavirus lockdowns and during the gradual relaxation of social distancing restrictions. We are keen to be as flexible as possible in our support of charitable organisation and charitable community groups during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period. SCS Bank has consulted, listened to the needs of the sectors we support and reflected on how we could adapt our charitable assistance to be more flexible and relevant in our response during these unprecedented times. As a result, until further notice, we have revised our criteria for support to include the following:

  1. Our focus will change to make one-year assistance only to charitable organisations and charitable community groups that can demonstrate ongoing project and program sustainability for the next 12 months from the date of their application.

  2. More assistance to cover projects and programs costs and goods, favouring those with no, or without significant, public funding or assistance. 

  3. Assistance to cover essential equipment or re-equipping to enable ongoing projects and programs provision.

  4. Grants to enable minor works, or fund equipment, to enable social distancing within buildings.

  5. Projects/programs that employ or support local skilled and none skilled, freelance and independent artists and other practitioners.

  6. Projects/programs that help reduce fixed or variable costs to promote efficiency savings, or which enable the generation of higher income, or additional revenue streams. This can include environmental efficiency projects to reduce your carbon footprint, energy costs, or which improve internal air circulation systems to improve safety for visitors.

  7. Occasionally, to consider additional assistance (by exception) for existing community project already supported and underway, during lockdown. (Please discuss your situation with SCS Bank before applying).


Charitable organisation and charitable community groups must demonstrate project and program sustainability for the next 12 months. Please note that demonstrating sustainability in the current uncertain climate is vitally important. If you cannot demonstrate this, your application is likely to be declined. For example, you must let us know:


  • the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation to date

  • how you have retrenched, reduced staff and other costs, or cut back your normal service

  • what services you can still provide and to whom and by what means

  • how you are implementing/or intend to implement social distancing rules

  • what your contingencies or fallback position will be if further lockdown measures, either local or national come into effect

  • what your revised COVID-19 affected annual income/expenditure forecast is likely to be

  • what income you have raised to date for the current year

  • your current shortfall for the year and how you consider that this can be met

  • if you have any reserves and how they are being used to support your organisation or community group at this time

  • what borrowings have you incurred, or are contemplating, for how much and on what terms as to interest and repayment

  • if you are able to access any central or local government, public agency or lottery funding

  • the details of any other funding sources you are applying for


Further Criteria to Consider When Making an Application for assistance from SCS Bank


  • We are unlikely to support start-up costs for new charitable organisations and charitable community groups.

  • We are unlikely to consider applications from financial assistance from charitable organisations and charitable community groups who offer grants.

  • Please note, SCS bank assistance offered will be restricted to community based projects and programs as per application, and cannot directed on any other purpose without the permission of SCS bank.

  • Charitable organisations and charitable community groups, projects and programs that provide direct benefits and services to the general public (rather than special interest groups) will be favoured.

  • We will support projects/initiatives where applicants work in partnership on joint community projects and programs with other similar charitable organisations. In such cases a lead charitable organisation, to which any assistance will be made, must be identified.

  • Retrospective assistance will not be considered, but assistance will be offered for projects and programs that have already started on application approval.

How Much Can You Apply For


Financial, or Goods or products. Financial assistance Maximum £50,000 per year. Goods or Products maximum 10 tons per year


When Can You Apply


Applications are welcomed from charitable organisations and charitable community groups, which are registered in their local area or country and have been in operation for at least one year.

Please note that competition is intense; we receive many more applications than we are able to assist.

If an application is declined, the charitable organisation or charitable community group is eligible to reapply 12 months after the previous request date. (If you

have been declined within the last few months, prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, please email us to discuss your specific situation).

Where financial assistance of £20,000 or less has been awarded, the charity is eligible to re-apply to SCS Bank 6 months

after the approval date. However, please note that once you have received the financial assistance from SCS Bank you may

not be a priority for financial assistance in the following year.

Where financial assistance of over £30,000 per annum has been awarded, the SCS Bank will not normally accept any further

applications from the same charitable organisation or charitable community groups within three years from the date of the award or final instalment.

How To Apply

Applications need to be submitted online. Assistance applications form

Please note that we purposely do not have a word limit to allow applicants the space to give us the information necessary to explain the project and program and the need for assistance, but please keep answers relevant, clear and summarise information.

The Assistance Appraisal Team may wish to discuss the application, and request further information in order to appraise the application before it is presented to the Board of Trustees.

The Chief Executive and Assistance Team will report to the Trustees at the first available meeting and will notify the applicant of the Trustees’ decision.

Further information regarding the Assistance, attachments and the application form can be found on SCS Bank page.

Information/Documents you will need:


  1. Email address

  2. Project proposal (only for those applying for goods assistance)

  3. Accounts:

i. Latest signed accounts

ii. Income and expenditure figures for the last financial year (if the year after your latest signed accounts)


4. Annual Budgets:

i. Current annual budget (including information on how you have revised this due to the impact of COVID-19)

ii. Annual budget for year grant requested in (if for year after current annual year


5. Project budget

6. Permission of the Chair/a Trustee and Senior Management Team to submit the request on behalf of the charitatable organistaion or charitable community group.


Notes on Attachments


Please ensure all attachments are titled clearly, ideally in the following format:


'Your Charitable organisation or charitable community group Name – The Document Type – The Year/Time Period Document Relates to'.


The maximum size for attachments combined is 15 Mb. Please note that files with certain extensions (such as "exe", "com", "vbs" or "bat") cannot be uploaded. After browsing and selecting a file, make sure you click on upload.




Applications need to be submitted online. You will need to create an account on SCS Bank to access the application using your email address as part of the application process.  Once an account is created, you will receive email confirmation of this within a few minutes.  If this is not received please contact the SCS Bank Assistance Team before proceeding.


You will not be able to save an application you are working on to return to it later via your account.  Neither a copy of the application questions can be emailed to yourself or others after you begin to complete the form. Click on the “Login” link, in the navigation bar to create or access your account.  Then go to “Banking” Link to access assistance application form. Note that applications you are working on will not timeout after. If an application is declined, the charitable organisation or charitable community group is eligible to reapply 12 months after the previous request date.

Some applicants choose to type their answers onto a Microsoft Word document and then copy and paste onto the online form once ready to submit their application.


Further information regarding the Assistance, attachments and the application form can be found on SCS Bank page.


Personal Information


SCS bank is committed to protecting all personal information you provide to us. We will only use contact information you provide for administration, evaluation and research purposes to facilitate our assistance making and to further our charitable activities. Personal contact information will not be made public in anyway. Please also see our Privacy Notice.

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