Grants Programmes 2019-2023

 

Our grant programmes are changing

In line with the National Churches Trust's new strategy for 2019-2023, we are revising our grant programmes.

Each of our existing grant programmes will close at its next deadline. We will be opening 3 new grant programmes before the end of the year: Foundation, Gateway and Cornerstone Grants.

Our criteria will 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, we are especially interested in good projects from our priority areas: North East of England, Northern Ireland and Wales

As currently, all grants decisions will be made by our grants committee, which meets 3 times a year.

The programmes are likely to be structured as follows, though final inclusions are still to be confirmed and remain subject to change:

Foundation Grants

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.

Gateway Grants

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 Grants

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

What happens next?

We will release more information on the website in due course. We are currently busy finalising our guidance notes and constructing new application forms. We will soon be revising our ‘Choose the Right Grant’ page. We envisage most projects, currently eligible under our programmes, to remain eligible for our funding however final programme details and budget allocation are still subject to change.

As ever we cannot guarantee success of any applicant, and what we can award remains dependent upon the funding we have available which varies from year to year.

Final deadlines of existing programmes:

PROGRAMME

FINAL DEADLINE

Repair

2 July 2018

Community

2 July 2018

Project Development

12 August 2018

Partnership

12 September 2018

Maintenance

26 September 2018

 

New programmes:

PROGRAMME

OPENS

FIRST DEADLINE

FIRST DECISIONS

Cornerstone

September 2018

5 November 2018

March 2019

Gateway

October 2018

January 2019

March 2019

Foundation

November 2018

January 2019

March 2019