Apply for a grant to help your church building

Published: Friday, January 29, 2016


The National Churches Trust's 2016 grant programmes are now open.

If you need funding for a church repair project or want to install a toilet, kitchen and improve community facilities in your place of worship, then the National Churches Trust grant schemes can help you.  This year, there is also a chance to obtain funding to set up social action projects that meet the needs of local people.

Repair Grants

The National Churches Trust's Repair Grants programme offers funds of £10,000 and above towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects. A small number of grants are available at £40,000 and above.

Projects must have an estimated cost of at least £100,000 (including VAT and fees) to qualify.

In 2015 National Churches Trust awarded 42 Repair Grants. They included a £40,000 grant to St Bride’s Roman Catholic church in East Kilbride, hailed as an amazing piece of 1960’s ecclesiastical architecture and one of the finest buildings to be produced by Gillespie, Kidd and Coia one of the most influential Scottish practices of the era, and a £20,000 grant to St John the Baptist Church, Ebbesbourne Wake,  Wiltshire to help fund urgent repairs to save the 14th Century tower  of a church which dates from  shortly after the Norman Conquest.

Community Grants

The National Churches Trust's Community Grants programme offers the opportunity to apply for grants of £10,000 and above for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. All types of community projects will be considered, but should include toilets or catering facilities.

To qualify, projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees).

In 2015 the National Churches Trust awarded 25 Community Grants. They included a £15,000 grant to  Hankelow Methodist Church, Cheshire the only publicly available building in the local rural area to help fund a project to modernize and upgrade the church premises including the provision of two modernized toilets, an enlarged and modernized kitchen and new double glazed external doors to suit disabled people and  a £20,000 grant to the Wesleyan-Holiness church of the Nazarene in to help bring the church to the community and the community to the church by installing modern accessible toilets and updating kitchens and refreshment facilities.

Micro-grants for social action projects

New for 2016 is the chance for churches awarded a National Churches Trust Community Grant to obtain a £2,000 micro-grant to set up a social action project that meets the needs of local people. The micro-grants will allow churches to set up a Cinnamon Network Recognised Project which include initiatives such as CAP Money Courses, Make Lunch, Parish Nursing and Who Let The Dad's Out.  Churches will also be able to access the support and training provided by Cinnamon Network’s regional Advisers and Trainers.

Cinnamon Network supports community transformation through the delivery of church-based social action projects. Cinnamon began in 2010 in response to growing social need, public sector reform, increasing recognition of the role of voluntary organisations and the economic cuts.

How to apply

Churches, chapels and meeting houses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland open for worship and which are part of a denomination belonging to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland are eligible to apply.  Applications from both listed and unlisted places of worship are welcomed.

Apply online for a grant  

Churches can apply for a grant any time up to the 12 September 2016.

Decisions on all grant applications are made internally. A shortlist of candidates is discussed by an independent Grants Committee comprised of experts from the church and heritage sectors. In 2016 decisions on grants will be made in June and December.

In 2015, the National Churches Trust  awarded or recommended  grants worth £2,158,941.