Grants for Northern Ireland


Our new Treasure Ireland project provides a new Community Grants Programme which offers your church or chapel funding of between £500 and £10,000 for church maintenance or urgent repair work.

Mount Merrion parish church, Belfast


          Status: Open

          Next Deadline: 24 January 2022 (Midnight)

          Decision Date: March 2022

          Grant Size: £500 to £10,000

          Works Cost: Up to £100,000 (incl VAT and fees)


Eligibility Criteria

We will consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, that are located in Northern Ireland. To be eligible to apply you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • You must have 50% of the funds required at the point of application
  • Work must not have started
  • Any necessary permissions must be in place
  • The work must have been out to tender or you must have at least 2 quotes in place
  • Work must be to the main church building or an attached hall
  • The church building must have been constructed as a place of worship at least 30 years ago
  • Places of worship must be open beyond worship at least 100 days


When to apply

Current deadline:

24 January 202 (for a decision in March 2022)


Next deadlines:

June 2022 (for a decision in July 2022)


How to apply

1. Before applying

Be sure to first read the Guidance Notes. The Guidance Notes contain 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 .

We can only accept applications made online. You can review the questions in advance here.

2. Decision Process

Decisions on all are grant applications are made by our Northern Ireland Grants Committee comprised of experts from the church and heritage sectors. The Committee meets three times a year.

Decisions will be notified following the Grants Committee meeting.

From 2021 applications for projects under £12,000 will be considered on a rolling basis and you will know the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of submission. Applications for projects over £12,000 will still be considered by the Grants Committee in the normal way.

3. More information and funding sources

Explore our Building Advice pages for information on other funding sources, fundraising tips and useful advice

Find out more about the National Churches Trust current Strategy here


Need help?

If you have any questions about the application process please check our Frequently Asked Questions or drop us an email at


Need some inspiration?

Have a look at the work we have been doing in Northern Ireland over the last 3 years here or check out previous grants that we have awarded here


Ready to apply?

If you have checked that you are eligible and understand the application process and the timescales then you are ready to apply!

Apply for a grant now using Treasure Ireland Online Grant Portal. 


Find out more about Treasure Ireland