Community Grants


Our Community Grants programme offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £20,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. We prioritise projects that include toilets and catering facilities.  

Are you eligible?

  • Is yours a Christian place of worship in the UK, and open for regular public worship?
  • Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally, and are the works proposed due to take place within or attached to the place of worship?
  • Is your total project cost estimated at over £25,000 (including VAT and fees)?
  • Have you already raised 50% of the total project cost?
  • Is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation if it is a listed building?
  • Have you got all necessary permissions approved and in place?

For the 2017 guidance notes (a revised note will be available soon), full criteria and priorities and the online application form to apply (when it is live), follow the link below.

This programme is currently closed but will reopen by September with the next deadline on 30 October 2017 for a decision in March 2018.

Subsequent deadlines will be: 5 March 2018 for a decision in July 2018, 2 July 2018 for a decision in November 2018.

Find out more and apply for our Community Grants

You can find out more about our grants and how to apply by watching the video below.

Community applicants can also be considered for a National Churches Trust Micro-Grant in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network. There are additional £2,000 micro-grants available to successful applicants to set up a Cinnamon Network Recognised Project that meets the needs of local people. The micro-grants allow churches to set up social action projects such as CAP Money Courses, Make Lunch and Parish Nursing. Successful churches will also be able to access the support and training provided by Cinnamon Network’s regional Advisers and Trainers.

For churches whose total project costs are below the £25,000, contact the office - at our discretion we may consider an application.

You can can also explore the Building Advice pages for information on other funding sources and local fundraising including Friends Groups.

Please also see our JustGiving offer which offers churches and chapels FREE access to the whole JustGiving platform, saving the usual £15 a month subscription fee.

Some case studies are available  here, and some general FAQs may be of interest, here.