How our grants help


The awarding of grants for urgent structural repairs and for the essential modernisation of places of worship remains at the heart of the National Churches Trust’s work. You can find out more about how our grants help churches by looking at some of our case studies in the left hand navigation of this webpage.

Thanks to the continued generous support of our donors, during 2016 we were able to give much-needed support to buildings in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Our relationship with the national network of local churches trusts also enabled us to continue to devolve part of our decision making to many of these trusts for smaller repair grants.

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

We also support and promote places of worship in additional ways:

We have a team of staff who can offer wider funding and fundraising advice, and we have built up a bank of information available in the managing building projects section of our website and in the resource centre.

The National Churches Trust has in addition long advocated, where appropriate, the establishment of Friends Groups as a means 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 and further information is available on our website here.

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.