Medium grants

Status: Open

Next Deadline : 13 August 2024

Grant Size : Up to £10,000

Works Cost : £20,000 - £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).

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 the application is for repair work - 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 note 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

Please read the Guidance Note in full before applying.

To apply - you will need to follow the red box on the screen below. 

We have prepared a Word document for you to review the questions and prepare your answers in advance. Please note that applications will only be accepted using the online form.

Application questions (for reference only)

The Medium Grant Programme can also offers grants of upto £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:

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. 

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 (usually March, July and November). Decisions can not be made 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 note for your grant and that you meet the eligibility criteria for churches.

Application form

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