St Nicholas Care Fund

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadlines for Submission of Applications:

Monday 9 May 2022


Monday 8 August 2022


Monday 7 November 2022


Monday 6 February 2023.


Grants are awarded to the successful applicants 5 weeks after the deadline.



Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PCT-St Nicholas Care Fund writes:

“The St Nicholas Care Fund came into being when my predecessor, Cardinal Archbishop Thomas Joseph Winning, wanted to highlight the poverty he saw in the Glasgow area. The children he saw without warm clothing, outside on a freezing cold night, were the Church’s ‘treasures’ [1] and he wanted to help them. And so the St Nicholas Care Fund was born.  Those who apply for grants from the St Nicholas Care Fund do so because they want to help make the lives of local people and communities better: children, young people, the elderly, people with special needs, economic migrants, asylum seekers, refugee families and groups, and the increasing number of homeless on our streets.”

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.

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.”

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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.”

[1] 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:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone: 0141 226 5898

Scottish Registered Charity: :   The Pastoral Care Trust - The St Nicholas Care Fund (SCO29832)
(Company Registration No: SC145282)

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