Heritage Stimulus Fund

Keeping churches open and in use

A £3.6 million investment in our grants scheme by the Government's Heritage Stimulus  Fund means that 32 more historic churches and meeting houses are safe for future. It is a great example of a project that helps keep churches open and in good repair.

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Heritage at Risk Register

Working closely with Historic England, our expert knowledge and excellent contacts with churches meant that we were able to fast track these really important grants to places of worship that needed urgent repairs. One of the great outcomes of the funding is that it will help remove nine churches from the Heritage at Risk Register.

Two rounds of funding delievered

The National Churches Trust received two rounds of funding. The first, in November 2021, helped 15 places of worship, including Quaker Meeting Houses and buildings belonging to the Church of England and the United Reformed Church.

A second round of funding, awarded in February 2022, kept 17 more historic churches safe for future and also provided a funding uplift to churches who benefitted from the first round of funding.

The support of Historic England and from the UK Government's Department for Culture, Media & Sport has been tremendously important in ensuring this vital work can take place. 


Some of the churches we are helping

Three of the beautiful churches that received help through the Heritage Stimulus Fund.


St Mary, Marshchapel, Lincolnshire

A spectacularly beautiful building, completed in around 1420, Grade I Listed St Mary's church receives £36,000 to fund urgent repairs to gutters, masonry and plaster.

Minster church Sts Thoma Newport Isle of Wight

Newport Minster, Isle of Wight

A £584,189 grant will fund urgent roof and stonework repairs at this the Grade I church and help remove the church from the Heritage at Risk register.