Grants Programmes 2019-2023


Our 2019 - 2023 grant programmes are:

Foundation Programme

Grants of £500 - £3,000
Eligible work: Maintenance works; items identified as required within a Quinquennial Inspection Report/survey reports/other sort of report; small investigative works/surveys. Projects should cost up to £10,000 (excluding VAT).

Gateway Programme

Grants of £3,000 - £10,000
Eligible work: Project development work up to RIBA stage 1; strategic or capacity building projects at regional churches Trusts.

Cornerstone Programme

Grants of £10,000 - £50,000
Eligible work: Structural repairs/maintenance issues costed over £100,000; installation of kitchen and toilets over £30,000. 

Upcoming deadlines




MICRO-GRANTS (to support services booked on MaintenanceBooker)

26 September for a decision in November


12 September for a decision in November

4 November for a decision in March 2020


23 January 2020

9 January 2020

2 March 2020


28 May 2020

14 May 2020

6 July 2020


Decisions for the Foundation, Gateway and Cornerstone grants are made by our grants committee, which meets three times a year.


Our criteria for awarding grants include:

  • 50% fundraising in place at the point of application (grant awards will never exceed 50%)
  • Applicants must be a Christian denomination, with a building constructed as a place of worship (more than 30 years ago) and open for regular worship use, located in the UK.
  • Work must not have started at the point the application is submitted.
  • Work must be to the church building or an attached hall.
  • Applicants must demonstrate how they meet our outcomes in line with our new strategy:
    1. Preserving heritage
    2. Promoting sustainability
    3. Inspiring support
  • Projects at listed buildings must be led by a conservation accredited professional.
  • Applicants must have at least 2 quotes in place at the point of application, and any necessary permissions.
  • Places of worship must be open beyond worship for at least 100 days per year.
  • Grantees must register on our ExploreChurches and MaintenanceBooker websites.

Although we fund projects from across the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, we are especially interested in good projects from our priority areas: North East of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.


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