National Estate Churches Network

Grants and Resources for Refugee Support

Small grants for churches supporting refugees arriving from Ukraine and Afghanistan

Church Urban Fund has partnered with the Benefact Trust to launch their Refugee Support Small Grants Programme. They offer small grants between £500 and £5,000 to support Christian projects that help refugees arriving in England from Ukraine and Afghanistan.

Registered Christian charities, and members of Churches Together In England are all welcome to apply. All applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear Christian foundation or ethos. Grants are not made directly to individuals.

Project ideas

This programme provides small grants for projects or activities that support refugees who have arrived in England from Ukraine or Afghanistan. This can include:

  • Providing basic needs, such as safe accommodation, clothing, food, mobile phones, baby care items, and hygiene items.
  • Supporting refugees as they settled into life in England: UK life courses, befriending, English language classes, baby and toddler groups, welcome parties and drop-in sessions.
  • Providing safe spaces and networks of support: volunteer expenses, renting church halls, training and essential DBS checks.

Guidance about eligibility, criteria, and resources to support your application are all available on the CUF website.

If you have further questions about the programme you can contact CUF on 0330 053 1954 or

CUF have also put together a page of resources for churches supporting refugees which you can find here.