Maintenance Grants - Apply


Our maintenance grant programme is currently OPEN for applications

Maintenance grants offer awards of between £500 and £3,000 towards small, urgent maintenance issues or repairs which reduce the need for - and long term costs of - building repairs.

A problem identified with current funding focused on urgent capital repairs is that churches are often incentivised to wait until problems get very bad before seeking large repair grants from funders. Although there will always be the need for grants to repair structural fabric that comes to the end of its useful life, the National Churches Trust wants to help churches address small problems before they turn into large repairs. Under a proactive maintenance approach, a grant from the National Churches Trust, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, will allow interventions to address small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs, costing between £1,000 to £10,000, before a major building component fails.


Places of worship of any Christian denomination can apply. For 2018 we are encouraging applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Buildings must have been built as churches originally and have 50% of the funds required already in place. Applicants should show that their inspecting architect is aware of, and in approval of the works, and have 2 quotes from contractors (indicating the preferred quotation).

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online. Please read the Guidance Note in advance, available below.

The next deadline will be 23 May 2018 for a July 2018 decision. 

Subsequent deadlines will be: 26 September 2018 for a decision in November 2018.

2018 Guidance Note

Maintenance Grant application form questions 

Application Form