Promoting Social Justice Initiatives

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The Charles Plater Trust is inviting bids for grants from organisations working with the disadvantaged. Grants will be awarded for projects which empower people from the most marginalised sectors of society.

This year’s theme for grant aid is Imaginative projects providing education for people from the most marginalised sectors of society. This theme focuses on that element of Catholic Social Teaching which is about the “preferential option for the poor” and builds on the role that the former Plater College played in providing learning opportunities for those who, through necessity or circumstances, had not previously been able to reach their full potential. The Trust will judge bids on how they will empower those who have suffered disadvantages which have limited their ability to get the best out of the education system, build their own self esteem and make a meaningful contribution to contemporary society.

Past examples of projects funded under this theme include projects working with:

  • People in young offender institutions

  • Deaf adults

  • Migrant workers

Further Information

Further information on the Plater Trust and of projects it has supported through its grants can be obtained from
The Charles Plater Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to advancing the work of Father Charles Plater by developing social justice through education. Established as the successor to the former Plater College, Oxford, the Trust makes grants to organisations throughout England and Wales in pursuit of the Plater vision. Each year a theme is used to highlight a particular side of this vision, whether emphasising the development of lay leadership, bringing education and opportunity to the most marginalised, or developing innovative new applications of Catholic social thought.
Contact for media enquiries: Kevin Ambrose on or 01923 243856

Guidance on how to apply can also be obtained either from the Trust’s website ( or by email from