List of major grant funders for church buildings
This page lists the major grant givers for churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK. Please be aware that due to the cornavirus pandemic, some grants may be suspended or criteria may change at short notice.
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.
Our website also has a database of support organisations for all churches, chapels and meeting houses across the UK.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the websites of the organisations listed below, just click on the capitalised names.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund) - These funds are currently frozen whilst the Fund responds with emergency funds to the Coronavirus outbreak (read more here)
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
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.
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.
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
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) - the usual funding streams are temporarily frozen in order to respond to the Coronavirus emergency (find out more here)
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.
The foundation gives grants to help established projects which work in the fields of community support, arts, education and heritage, disability and health.
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.
Grants of up to £50,000 for forward-thinking causes that help move their communities forward. Quarterly rounds.
Grants are provided for the installation of facilities
UK Community Foundations - many local community foundations are currently diverting emergency funds in response to the Coronavirus outbreak
Local Community Foundations are a good source of local knowledge, knowledge of local funders, and indeed funds. Find your local foundation via the UK Community Foundations.
Artwork and Monuments
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The foundation provides grants of £250 to £2,000
Conservation of artworks and objects
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 National Lottery Community Fund or funds available from the Landfill Communities Fund may be worth exploring.
Windows and stained glass
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Gives grants for the restoration and conservation of historic and important stained glass.
This fund provides grants for the conservation of decorative features.
Grants for the conservation of stained glass and historic plain glazing.
This new fund can support historic churches and chapels in England with grants of £250 to £2,000.
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.
Organs and music
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.
Grants for the conservation of organs and organ cases.
Offers grants for the provision and restoration of pipe organs in the British Isles.
Where there is an active choral tradition, this Trust offers grants to promote and maintain a high standard of choral services.
Grants for the maintenance, repair, and restoration of church bells in England and Wales.
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.
Grants for the conservation of bells and bellframes.
Grants towards the provision, installation, inspection, repair and maintenance of carillons of bells in churches