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Small 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 and Decisions : All applications for 2022 have now closed - 2023 application and deadline dates are to be announced

Grant Size : £500 to £5,000

Works Cost : Up to £20,000 (incl VAT and fees)

This programme offers our small grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should be up to £20,000 incl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. 

Foundation Grants for maintenance are made possible in partnership with, and through the generosity of, the Pilgrim Trust, as well as the additional generous support of our donors and Friends, trusts and foundations, and the many places of worship and individuals who support our programmes. 

Please watch our video on our Foundation Grants for maintenance.

Key Information for your application

We consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. We particularly welcome applications from churches in Scotland.

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, or will be within 1 year of project completion?
  • 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

** 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 **

Providing all supporting documents have been provided applications will be assessed bi-monthly from April 2023 (pausing after October 2023, and resuming in February 2024). Final decisions on all grant applications will be made by our Grants Committee, comprised of experts from the church and heritage sectors.

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.

We can only accept applications submitted online. 

To review the questions in advance click here.

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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