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Cherish grants

Status: Open

Next deadline: 13 August 2024

Grant Size: £500 to £10,000 

Works Cost: Up to £80,000 (incl VAT and fees) 

Our Cherish project provides grants to your church, chapel or meeting house of between £500 and £10,000 for church maintenance, urgent repair work or project development. Cherish grants are available thanks to National Lottery players and the project is delivered in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This webpage is also available in Welsh

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Information for applicants

We will consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, that are located within North-West England (Cumbria, Lancashire or Greater Manchester only), Wales, or Scotland.

  • The proposed works must be to the main church building or an extension of it.  
  • Applicants must be the owners or have the right to carry out the work.  
  • Buildings must be open for regular public worship for a minimum of six services per year.  
  • Buildings must be open to the public for at least 100 days per year in addition to worship times, or meet this requirement within a year of project completion.
  • Repair projects must be led, overseen and supervised by a suitably qualified professional. 
  • Work must not have started before the online application is submitted but must be achievable within 1 year of the grant decision being made. 
  • You must have secured at least 50% of the funding for the project you are applying to us for before you submit your application. 
  • 2 quotes and necessary permissions must be in place.  

Be sure to first read the guidance notes below. The guidance notes contain notes on the scoring criteria, advice on completing the application form, a list of supporting documents that will be required from you, and details of the terms and conditions of any grant award made.

Guidance notes

Please read the Guidance notes in full before applying.

We have prepared a document for you to review the questions and prepare your answers in advance. Please note that applications will only be accepted using the online form. 

Application questions (for reference only)

Decisions on all grant applications are made by the National Churches Trust Grants Committee comprised of experts in the church and heritage sectors from across Great Britain. The Committee meets three times a year. 

You will be notified of the decision following the Grants Committee meeting.

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Before starting your application, please make sure you have read the guidance notes for your grant and that you meet the eligibility criteria for churches.

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