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Get Support: North West England (Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester)


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 North West England, who is on hand to help you with advice and training. You can email Matthew at:

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Matthew Maries

Meet Matthew

“Hello, I’m an archaeologist with a master's degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings and experience working in the construction industry, museums, and planning. I’m excited to get out into Cumbria, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester to visit the amazing places of worship and meet the wonderful people keeping them alive. I look forward to working together with you to ensure these brilliant, historic spaces stay at the heart of their communities now and in the future.”

How we can help you

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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 places of worship in North West England.

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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. 

Finding and sharing your stories: a workshop to help you welcome visitors

Thursday 28 September 2pm-3pm. Join us for an engaging one hour session with our tourism expert. It will be packed with lots of ideas and tips and tricks to try. This is the ideal session for anyone involved with churches and chapels wanting to learn more about interpretation or where to start.

Applying for National Churches Trust Grants: a free online workshop

Thursday 19 October 2pm-3pm. Applying for a grant can be a daunting process. Where do you start? Which grant should you apply for? What information do 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.

How we're helping places of worship



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


For Churches

'For Churches', our new strategy, is an ambitious plan setting out the ways in which we will support churches across the UK for the next three years.

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