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Get Support: Scotland


We want to support you to keep your church, chapel or meeting house open, well maintained and in use. On this page you’ll find links to resources and training to help you do this. 

Get in touch with us

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have a dedicated support officer, based in Scotland, who is on hand to help you with advice and training. You can email Karen at:

Karen Hind, of the National Churches Trust, standing on front of a stone wall and buttress
Karen Hind

Meet Karen

“Hello, I am a Built Heritage consultant who’s worked in the private and public sector in Scotland for over 25 years, managing and delivering projects for congregations and communities, as well as for private clients. I am based in Perthshire and enjoy working with people who are passionate about their buildings and helping them to realise their potential. I am excited to meet and talk to everyone involved with ecclesiastical architecture and to guide them through the advice and support available to them locally and from the National Churches Trust.”

How we can help you


Find out more about our grants

Whether you are looking to repair your roof, install a kitchen or accessible toilets, clear asbestos or simply need help undertaking regular essential maintenance to your building, we offer a range of grants to suit the size and needs of your project. We also have a special Cherish grant – created especially to help Scottish places of worship.


Maintenance and project advice

From how to develop and manage a church building project, to keeping your church in good condition by regular maintenance, you can find out about the key things you need to do to look after your church building.


Tourism support

Many churches, chapels and meeting houses were built to be at the heart of their communities; to be busy and used by all. There are many ways to ensure that this is still the case. Discover how to create the perfect welcome, tell your story and more.

What's on?

Our team runs events and training to help with everything from fundraising and tourism support to how to apply for a grant. You can also view the full list of training events that the National Churches Trust will be running this year. 

Online: Embracing Archaeology

If you're worried about the impact of archaeology on your plans, or want to know more about how it can be a really positive element of any project; in this session, from 2-3pm on 27 August, we will introduce the importance of archaeology and how to make the most of working with an archaeologist. Delivered by Matthew Maries, an archaeologist with a master's degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings and one of our Cherish church support officers.

Online: Applying for National Churches Trust grants

Join us on Wednesday 9 October from 2-3pm. If you've ever wondered which grant to apply for or what information you need to provide, help is on hand. This FREE workshop is the ideal session for anyone involved with a church, chapel or meeting house in the UK who wants to learn more about our grants.

Online: Making the Most of Your Website

Taking place from 2-3pm on Tuesday 29 October. As more and more elements of our daily lives move online, it makes sense that your website is the first place potential members, worshippers, volunteers, supporters, visitors or event attendees look to find out more information about your church.

How we're helping places of worship


Find out more about Cherish

Cherish includes training, support, advice and funding for places of worship in Scotland, Wales and North West England (Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester).

Four people sit on a pew, facing the camera, in RCCG Church, Edinburgh
Chris Hoskins / National Churches Trust

They bought a church building – now they have to keep it running

When the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) church outgrew the buildings, they were renting, they bought an abandoned church. The disused building has been transformed into a thriving community church. And this is just stage one of the journey.

National Lottery Heritage Fund acknowledgement stamp in Gaelic