Project Development Grants
Our Project Development Grant programme offers the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help churches develop high quality sustainable repair and community projects.
Our 2017 rounds are currently open. Please read the programme details below for further information.
About the Programme
This grant programme is a pilot scheme and is intended to support churches to become more sustainable through the diognosis of issues affecting the church, testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability and the develoment of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through a subsequent capital or sustainability project. The grants are likely to assist with the cost of staff time such as a project manager or a professional advisor, and/or to produce a report that will help progress the project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1 requirements.
Places of worship of any Christian denomination can apply. We will consider applications for buildings of all ages, listed and unlisted. For 2017 we are particularly interested in applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Buildings must have been built as churches originally and 50% of the funds need to have be raised. Full eligibility, and further details, can be found in the 'Guidance Note' available at the end of the page.
The application process begins with an eligibility quiz. Please answer these questions accurately. If you are eligible you will be able to continue to the application form. To view the questions in advance follow the link below.
How to apply
The next deadline is 6 September 2017 with a decision date in November 2017 (the form meanwhile will close temporarily for revisions to be made and will be relaunched in October for 2018 funding - please do not start a new form now if you do not intend to apply for the 6 September deadline, please wait for the form to relaunch).
To get started, click on the 'Grant Application Form' button at the bottom of this page. Please note, before starting we recommend you read the 'Guidance Note' - see below.
Decisions on all grant applications are made internally. A shortlist of candidates is discussed by an independent Grants Committee, comprised of experts from the church and heritage sectors, who meet three times a year.
The amount of funding available is limited, so we can only offer grants towards a small proportion of the many important and deserving projects which are likely to seek our support. We strongly encourage you to start local fundraising as early as you can. For more funding sources and fundraising advice please click here.
Subsequent deadlines will be: 10 January 2018 for a decision in March 2018, 25 April 2018 for a decision in July 2018 and 29 August 2018 for a decision in November 2018.