How we help


Helping churches

For 63 years we have been helping churches, chapels and meeting houses stay open.

We fund urgent repairs and modernisation, provide expert advice on church maintenance and on how churches can continue to serve local communities and promote church heritage and tourism.

Thanks to the support of our Friends and funders, since 1953 we have given over 12,000 grants and loans to help places of worship of all the main Christian denominations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The awarding of grants for urgent structural repairs and for the essential modernisation of places of worship is at the heart of the National Churches Trust’s work.

In 2015, the National Churches Trust was involved in making or recommending 177 grant offers totalling £2,164,941.

The National Churches Trust works closely with the 37 local churches trusts across England and Scotland. These trusts, all independent charities in their own right, are important local sources of both financial support and advice to churches, and we enhance their grant-giving through the Partnership Grants programme. We also organise an Annual Conference of their liaison body, the Churches Trusts Forum.

The National Churches Trust also provides support for Ride+Stride, a sponsored bike ride or walk in which people from all over the country walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. The money they raise helps to preserve some of Britain’s 42,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses which are at risk of falling into serious disrepair.

The National Churches Trust has long advocated, where appropriate, the establishment of Friends Groups as ways of bringing in additional support and resources for local churches, particularly from non-churchgoers. To this end, in 2012 we devised and published online a toolkit to help churches establish Friends Groups and ensure that they flourish.

Extra support for churches has also been secured through a partnership with online fundraising platform JustGiving. To help those churches which either cannot afford or do not have the expertise to set up their own online or text donation facility, through this partnership they are able to do so via JustGiving without having to pay a monthly subscription.