Grants Programmes 2019-2023


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





The programmes are structured as follows:

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. 

2019 deadlines




MICRO-GRANTS (to support services booked on MaintenanceBooker)

12 May for a decision in July


9 May for a decision in July

1 July for a decision in November


26 September for a decision in November


12 September for a decision in November



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