Maintenance Grants - Apply


Our maintenance grant programme is currently CLOSED for applications

Maintenance grants offer awards of between £1,000 and £2,500 towards small, urgent maintenance issues or repairs which reduce the need for - and long term costs of - building repairs.

A problem identified with current funding focused on urgent capital repairs is that churches are often incentivised to wait until problems get very bad before seeking large repair grants from funders. Although there will always be the need for grants to repair structural fabric that comes to the end of its useful life, the National Churches Trust wants to help churches address small problems before they turn into large repairs. Under a proactive maintenance approach, a grant from the National Churches Trust, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, will allow interventions to address small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs, costing between £2,000 to £10,000, before a major building component fails.


Places of worship of any Christian denomination can apply. We will consider applications for listed buildings of all ages. For 2017 we are encouraging 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 have 50% of the funds required already in place. Applicants should show that their inspecting architect is aware of, and in approval of the works, and have 2 quotes from contractors.

How to apply

The application form is currently closed for revision. In the meantime some further details can be found in last year's Guidance Note available below (please note this is currently being revised). Once the form is relaunched, all applications will have to be submitted via the online form which will be made available below.

The form will reopen in Ocober, with the first deadline on 24 January 2018 for a March 2018 decision. 

Subsequent deadlines will be: 23 May 2018 for a decision in July 2018 and 26 September 2018 for a decision in November 2018.

2017 Guidance Note - for reference only

2017 Maintenance Grant application form questions - for reference only