List of major grant funders for church buildings

 

This page lists the major grant givers for churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK.

The good news is that many grants are available for work to church buildings in the UK. 

Some fund very specific activities, or support buildings in specific geographical areas. But there are other that provide grants for general projects to churches across the UK. These also tend to be the major grant givers which provide large amounts of funding.

If you have not already done so, take a look at the range of grants we offer.

Database

Our website also has a database of support organisations for all churches, chapels and meeting houses across the UK.

Support organisations

You may also find our page on  Where to Search for Grant Funding useful.

We hope that the information on this page is helpful. If you have any questions, or suggestions for other grant funders to feature, please email us at info@nationalchurchestrust.org.

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Thank-you.

To access the websites of the organisations listed below, just click on the capitalised names.

Repair 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund)

The Heritage Fund has a variety of programmes which might suit your project if it has a heritage and community angle. Their new Strategic Funding Framework 2019-24 includes a new programme structure. Places of Worship can apply to any of their 3 programmes which work on a sliding scale according to project size. We recommend you visit their website to view the range of outcomes they require, and to read their guidance notes. Contact your local fund office for a chat: www.heritagefund.org.uk/in-your-area

Garfield Weston Foundation

This foundation gives grants for reordering church buildings in order to give greater flexibility of use, including assistance with disabled access. It also helps fund creating kitchen and toilet facilities. Applications are considered on an individual basis monthly. It normally takes three or four months for an application to be processed.

AllChurches Trust

This trust is general fund which responds to requests for financial assistance from Anglican churches, churches of other denominations and the wider Christian community. The Trust supports appeals from churches for building and restoration projects, repair of church fabric, church community initiatives, religious charities, charities preserving the UK heritage and other charitable causes.

Headley Trust

Funding for fabric repairs to listed medieval parish churches in sparsely populated and less prosperous rural areas in England and Wales and the provision of toilet facilities and disabled access within these churches.

Landfill Communities Fund

Since 1996 Landfill Operators can choose to re-direct part of their tax bill to local communities near landfill sites rather than paying it to the Treasury. The funds are distributed through Environmental Bodies (such as WREN, Veolia Trust, Suez Communities Trust, Biffa, Viridor Credits, Cory Environmental etc) which able to support the repair and wider community use of historic places of worship. Check postcode eligibility on each individual own website, or search funds available at ENTRUST 

Wolfson Grants via Churchcare

ChurchCare can award Wolfson Fund grants towards fabric repairs (i.e. structural repairs) to Grade I and II* (or equivalents) listed churches in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Greater Manchester, MANCHESTER, St Ann (2011)

Roof Alarms

One of the best ways to prevent lead and metal theft, and in most instances to receive an insurance pay-out in the case of a theft, is to install a roof alarm. The All Churches Trust is the main funder of these, though some County Church Trusts and Dioceses also have schemes. See here for more information.

Community / Installation of Facilities

The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly the Big Lottery Fund)

This fund has a variety of programmes which might suit your project if it has a community angle. Get in touch with your local office and have a chat with them.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The foundation gives grants to help established projects which work in the fields of community support, arts, education and heritage, disability and health.

Dulverton Trust

Funding is provided  to UK registered charities and to organisations with charitable status. Supports a wide range of activities in the following categories: youth and education; general welfare; conservation; preservation, peace and humanitarian support, and Africa.

The Aviva CommunityFund

Grants of up to £25,000 for “important causes in the community” 

Joseph Rank Trust

Grants are provided for the installation of facilities

Merseyside, TOXTETH, St Cleopas (Julian Hamilton & Mercury 2011)

 

Artwork and Monuments

Memorial Grant Scheme VAT rebate

Apply for a rebate of the VAT incurred on work

Churches Conservation Foundation

The foundation provides grants of £250 to £2,000

The Idlewild Trust

Conservation of artworks and objects

Friends of Friendless Churches

Funds for new art in churches

Heating and lighting

These items are often best funded as part of larger projects. Some of the funders listed above such as the Big Lottery Fund or funds available from the Landfill Communities Fund may be worth exploring.

Yorkshire, ROTHERHAM, All Saints

 

Windows and stained glass

Memorial Grant Scheme VAT rebate

Apply for a rebate of the VAT incurred on work

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund)

The NHLF has a variety of programmes which might suit your project, if it has a heritage angle. Find out more here.  We suggest contacting your local office for a chat: www.hlf.org.uk/inyourarea 

Glaziers' Trust

Gives grants for the restoration and conservation of historic and important stained glass.

William and Jane Morris Fund

This fund provides grants for the conservation of decorative features.

ChurchCare

Grants for the conservation of stained glass and historic plain glazing.

Churches Conservation Foundation

This new fund can support historic churches and chapels in England with grants of £250 to £2,000.

Pilgrim Trust

The trust makes an annual block grant to the Council for the Care of Churches for the conservation of historic contents (organs, bells, glass, monuments etc.) and important structures and monuments in churchyards for places of worship of all denominations. 

Gloucestershire, DURSLEY, St James the Great (Brian Woodruffe 2006)

 

Organs and music

Arts Council Arts Lottery Fund

Organ appeals in connection with concert and other performances should approach the Arts Lottery Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund Your Heritage scheme may also be appropriate for major works to historic instruments.

ChurchCare

Grants for the conservation of organs and organ cases.

O N Organ Fund

Offers grants for the provision and restoration of pipe organs in the British Isles. 

Ouseley Trust

Where there is an active choral tradition, this Trust offers grants to promote and maintain a high standard of choral services.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund)

The NHLF has a variety of programmes which might suit your project, if it has a heritage angle. Find out more here.  We suggest contacting your local office for a chat: www.hlf.org.uk/inyourarea

 

Cambridgeshire, CAMBRIDGE, Zion Baptist Church (Marketa 2003)

 

Bells

Sharpe Trust

Grants for the maintenance, repair, and restoration of church bells in England and Wales.

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Administers two funds for bell restoration, the Central Council's Bell Restoration Fund and the Fred E Dukes International Bell Fund (for bell restorations outside the British Isles). When funds are available, applications for the Bell Restoration Fund are invited by notices in The Ringing World and on the CCCBR website.

ChurchCare

Grants for the conservation of bells and bellframes.

The Barron Bell Trust

Grants towards the provision, installation, inspection, repair and maintenance of carillons of bells in churches

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund)

The NHLF has a variety of programmes which might suit your project, if it has a heritage angle. Find out more here.  We suggest contacting your local office for a chat: www.hlf.org.uk/inyourarea

 

Yorkshire, WALES, St John the Baptist (Sarah Crossland)