Medium grants

Upcoming changes to our grants programmes

We are making a few small changes to our grants programme in line with our strategy for 2023 and our use of a new grant databases. This should make it easier to apply for funding for your church. Tweaks include changes to the names of the programmes and to eligible project costs for each programme.

However, this means there will also be some changes to the usual windows for our grant applications and decisions in the first half of 2023. Click below for more details.

More details

Status: Closed

Next Deadline : TBC - our final 2022 round has now closed. Applications will resume in 2023, dates TBC

Grant Size : £3,000 to £10,000

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

This programme offers our medium sized grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects costing between £20,000 and £80,000. Also project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs (for this phase).

Please watch our video to find out more about our Gateway Grants Programme

Key information for your application

We will consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. 

The application process begins with an eligibility quiz. If you cannot answer yes to each question your application will not be successful.

The questions include:

  • Is yours a Christian place of worship (but not a cathedral) within the UK, and open for at least six services of public worship each year?
  • Do you own the building or have the right to carry out the work? If the church is not part of a major denomination then is the denomination registered with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, or has it got charitable status?
  • Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally and is it more than 30 years old? And are the works that this phase will inform, be either directly to the building or attached to it?
  • Is the building open to the public for a minimum of 100 days a year beyond worship use?
  • Have you already raised at least 50% of this phase of the total project cost?
  • Is the project yet to start (we don't accept applications for projects that have already started)?
  • Are two quotes in place for each element of the work in this application?
  • If already appointed - is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation from a recognised institution if it is a listed building? (please review the guidance note for more detail)

Before applying be sure to first read the Guidance notes below. The guidance contains 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 etc.

Guidance notes for Church Repair Grants

Guidance notes for Church Project Development Grants 

Please read these documents in full before applying.

** PLEASE NOTE THIS PROGRAMME IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. New guidance will be available in 2023. The application form and guidance note will both be refreshed, though be similar. Reading our old guidance may be of use, but you should read the new guidance note once it is available before applying. We will provide the application questions in due course **

The Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local churches trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to churches in their area or that deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area. Before applying please read the Guidance Note below:

Guidance notes for local trusts

Expressions of interest must first be submitted to 

Selected projects will then be advised of the next steps and invited to work up a submission to be entered via our online portal. Any questions should be directed to Nigel Mills

Decisions on all grant applications are made by our Grants Committee, comprised of experts from the church and heritage sectors, which meets three times a year. Decisions can not be amended between meetings.

Unfortunately the amount of funding available is limited. Therefore we sadly cannot guarantee your success, and can only offer grants towards a small proportion of the many deserving projects which we are asked to support each round. We strongly encourage you to apply for as many other grants as possible and to start local fundraising as early as you can. For more funding sources and fundraising advice please click here.



Ready to apply?

Before starting your application, make sure you have read the guidance notes for your grant and that you meet the eligibility criteria for churches. ** PLEASE NOTE THIS PROGRAMME IS CURRENTLY CLOSED **

Application form