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Gateway Grants for Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses

The Gateway Grant Programme offers grants to churches ranging between £3,000 and £10,000 towards developing a church building project.

Eligibility criteria for churches

We will consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. We continue to encourage applications from our priority areas - North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, this is not to the exclusion of churches in other areas.

The application process begins with an eligibility quiz. If you cannot answer yes to each question your application will not be successful.

The questions include:

  • Is yours a Christian place of worship (but not a cathedral) within the UK, and open for at least six services of public worship each year?
  • Do you own the building or have the right to carry out the work? If the church is not part of a major denomination then is the denomination registered with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, or has it got charitable status?
  • Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally and is it more than 30 years old? And are the works that this phase will inform, be either directly to the building or attached to it?
  • Is the building open to the public for a minimum of 100 days a year beyond worship use?
  • Have you already raised at least 50% of this phase of the total project cost?
  • Is the project yet to start (we don't accept applications for projects that have already started)?
  • Are two quotes in place for each element of the work in this application?
  • If already appointed - is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation from a recognised institution if it is a listed building? (please review the guidance note for more detail)

How to apply for churches

Before applying - be sure to first read the Guidance Note below. The Guidance contains notes on the scoring criteria, advice on completing the application form, a list of supporting documents that will be required from you, and details of the terms and conditions of any grant award made etc.


Please read this document in full before applying

The next deadline is midnight on 12 September 2019 (i.e. Thursday night) for a decision in November 2019.

Decisions on all grant applications are made by our Grants Committee, comprised of experts from the church and heritage sectors, which meets three times a year. Decisions can not be amended between meetings.

Unfortunately the amount of funding available is limited. Therefore we sadly cannot guarantee your success, and can only offer grants towards a small proportion of the many deserving projects which we are asked to support each round. We strongly encourage you to apply for as many other grants as possible and to start local fundraising as early as you can. For more funding sources and fundraising advice please click here.

We can only accept applications submitted online.

To review the questions in advance click here.


 To find out about the recent changes we have made to our grant programmes see here.

You can can also explore the Building Advice pages for information on other funding sources and local fundraising including Friends Groups.

Review some case studies or see which other places of worship have been awarded one of our grants on our grants map.

A Project Development Report Template can also be found here.


Gateway Grants for Local Church Trusts 

The Gateway Grants Programme offers grants from £3,000 to £10,000 to local churches trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to support churches in their area or that deliver new ways of supporting churches. Before applying please read the Guidance Note below:


Expressions of interest must first be submitted to no later than 12 September 2019 . Selected projects will then be invited to work up a submission to be entered via our online portal. Any questions should be directed to Nigel Mills