Community Grants - Apply


The 2018 Community Grants Programme is now open!

Community grants usually range between £5,000 and £25,000 and are awarded towards projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. We are interested in a wide range of projects but all will include toilets or catering facilities.

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

Eligibility criteria

Places of worship of any denomination and age can apply. We will consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK. For 2018 we continue to encourage applications from our priority areas - North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches, but other churches may still apply.

The application process begins with an eligibility quiz. Please answer these questions accurately. If you are eligible you will be able to continue to the application form.

These are broadly:

  • Is yours a Christian place of worship  (but not a cathedral) in the UK, and open for regular public worship?
  • Do you own the building or have the right to carry out the work?
  • Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally, and are the works proposed due to take place within or attached to it?
  • Is the building oen to the public for a minimum of 40 days a year beyond worship use?
  • Is your total project cost estimated at over £25,000 (including VAT and fees)?
  • Have you already raised 50% of the total project cost?
  • Is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation if it is a listed building?
  • Have you got all necessary permissions approved and in place before applying?

Other eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the 'Guidance Notes' for further details.

National Churches Trust Micro-Grants in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network

Launched in 2016, applicants with necessary facilities soon to be in place can also be considered for National Churches Trust Micro-Grant in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network. These are additional £2,000 micro-grants available to successful applicants to set up a new Cinnamon Network Recognised Project that meets the needs of local people. The micro-grants allow churches to set up social action projects such as CAP Money Courses, Make Lunch and Parish Nursing. Successful churches will also be able to access the support and training provided by Cinnamon Network’s regional Advisers and Trainers. Express your interest in the relevant section of the application form. This cannot be used to fund existing projects.

How to apply

The next deadline is 2 July 2018 for a decision in November 2018.

Before applying please read the guidance note below. You can also view the application questions in advance. Follow the button below through to the online 'Grant Application Form' to be redirected to our online portal. We can only accept applications submitted online.

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. Unless projects are clearly ineligible, decisions will only be notified following a meeting.

Unfortunately the amount of funding available is limited, so we can only offer grants towards a small proportion of the many important and deserving projects which we are asked to support. 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.

Details of programmes and funding in 2019 will be announced later in the year.

Latest Guidance Notes

Preview Grant Application Form Questions

Application Form

We have put together two guidance notes to assist applicants who have also applied to the Heritage Lottery Funds' Our Heritage and Heritage grant programmes.