Church repair and community grant schemes now open
Published: Friday, January 16, 2015
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.
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.
Churches can apply for a grant any time up to the 30 September 2015.
The National Churches Trust's Repair Grants programme offers grants 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.
The National Churches Trust's Community Grants programme offers the opportunity to apply for grants of £5,000 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).
WREN Heritage Fund
Any application for a Repair Grant will be automatically considered for a WREN Heritage Fund.
The National Churches Trust is one of WREN’s key partners along with English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland in identifying candidates. We recommend projects at eligible Christian places of worship in England.
The fund offers a limited number of grants between £15,000 and £75,000 for urgent structural repair projects supported by other public grant offers and with a minimum cost of £50,000 (including VAT and fees). Since the launch of the WREN Heritage Fund in 2010, over £2.5m has been awarded to 52 urgent projects in Great Britain.
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.