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Get Support: Northern Ireland

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

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have a dedicated support officer, based in Northern Ireland, who is on hand to help you with advice and training. You can get in touch by emailing nina.mcneary@nationalchurchestrust.org or calling 07922 425089.

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How Treasure Ireland can help you

Treasure Ireland has been set up to help places of worship from all denominations in Northern Ireland to stay open and in good repair. Whether you need help applying for a grant, advice on how to protect the heritage of your church and to attract visitors, or support for the ongoing maintenance of your building, we are here to help.

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 Treasure Ireland grant – created especially to help places of worship in Northern Ireland.

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Maintenance 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.

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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: Read All About It

Have you got a story to share? Whether you're starting a fundraising campaign, sharing recent repair or conservation work or promoting an activity or event we've got some great advice in this free workshop on Tuesday 4 June.

Online: Social Media Essentials & New Ideas

Join us on Tuesday 2 July from 2-3pm. Find out about channels and platforms; the benefits of a plan; who are your audiences; what motivates them to engage with your content; what content you should be creating and when you should be posting; dealing with negative posts or comments; how to report so you can measure your success. Social media is ever changing, but we can help.

Online: Making the Most of Your Website

Taking place from 2-3pm on Tuesday 22 October. And 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

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Treasure Ireland

The Treasure Ireland project is an initiative between the National Churches Trust, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Division and was set up in 2020 to offer specialist support to churches of all denominations in Northern Ireland.

A big thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and the Historic Environment Division at the Department for Communities who have helped to make Treasure Ireland possible.

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Sign up to our Treasure Ireland email

Our Treasure Ireland quarterly newsletter is the perfect resource for those who work or volunteer in churches, chapels or meetings houses in Northern Ireland. In it, you will find out about the latest information about grants, training and events, as well as helpful advice to help you keep your church open and in use.

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