Donations to the National Churches Trust
In order to be able to support other places of worship across the UK, we are dependent on the generous giving of our supporters. The Trust is an independent organisation and receives no government funding so our ability to support and continue to provide grants and other assistance for places of worship depends entirely on our income. We ask that the managing body of your building (e.g. PCC, DCC, Elders or Trustees) strongly considers making an annual donation to us for a period of five years, starting a year after our grant is paid to you.
You can download a direct debit form to print off and complete, HERE. Please return this to us at: National Churches Trust, 7 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QB. Many churches give between £50 and £100 a year. Payment can also be made by cheque if that is preferable.
We also wanted to make sure that you were aware of the support and advice we are able to give, including providing information on how to set up your own church Friends group, how to attract additional funding and links to practical support.
Become a Friend of the National Churches Trust
We also recommend that at least 3 members of the congregation join as Friends of the National Churches Trust for a minimum of 3 years. The annual membership fee is currently £30 per person per year by Direct Debit. We are building a strong membership base and creating a national voice for Christian places of worship. We also offer a range of special events and offers for Friends and supporters of the Trust.
Explore Churches - www.explorechurches.org
Churches, chapels and meeting houses are literally 'treasure houses' of heritage, history and community. Through our brand new website, ExploreChurches, the National Churches Trust aims to develop a high quality resource for visitors and churches.
We would like to include all churches, chapels and meeting houses that are open for visitors (even if this is only during specific hours or on certain days). Do bear in mind that being open for visitors helps you meet grant requirements for many funders including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Churches Trust - it is a condition of our grant that your church is open for a minimum of 100 days a year beyond worship (40 days on grants awarded before 2019).
If it is not already featured (requirement of a grant offer from 2018), please add your place of worship to the ExploreChurches website. You can submit details of your church online here. If you have any questions or would like help or advice on opening your church or welcoming visitors please email Sarah Crossland
MaintenanceBooker - www.maintenancebooker.org.uk
Based on the principle that prevention is better than cure, our new service MaintenanceBooker can help churches and chapels avoid having to carry out major repairs to their buildings by making it easy to carry out regular maintenance. Successfully piloted in Yorkshire throughout 2017, MaintenanceBooker is now available to churches, chapels and historic buildings across England and Wales. This website service provides an online ‘one stop shop’ where churches and chapels can book accredited contractors for services including gutter clearance, tree maintenance, lightning protection system inspections and asbestos management services. There are also some micro grants available for services booked via the site.
Maintenance is critical to ensuring that historic church buildings are kept in good condition and that they are run in the most efficient manner. However, based on research into the challenges churches face in maintaining their buildings, the National Churches Trust found that some struggle to identify appropriate contractors, are unsure what maintenance they need, and do not have volunteers able to perform maintenance. MaintenanceBooker is a response to these issues, and is designed to make it simple for churches and chapels to plan, book and pay for essential maintenance. It will also help them save money as it is more cost-effective to look after roofs, masonry and other parts of a building regularly than to carry out expensive repairs.
If your church is not already registered (requirement of a grant offer from 2019), please register your church for free on the MaintenanceBooker website. You can enter details here.
The National Churches Trust encourages churches to follow their own maintenance plan in order to keep track of what needs doing and when, and we require applicants to our Grant Programmes to have a maintenance plan in place. As such, we have put together two maintenance plan templates, which you can use for your own church and adapt as necessary if you do not already have one. Click on the links below to view and download the templates:
Professional Trades Directory
Finally, we are always looking for new companies to join our Professional Trades Directory. We formed the Directory in 2007 as a partnership-based initiative aimed specifically at companies whose work involves the restoration or modernisation of churches. By joining the scheme, companies can benefit from our national presence in the church heritage sector and from the many individuals who come to us every year looking for help with their church projects.
If you would like to recommend an architect, surveyor or other specialist craftsperson that has worked with you on your church project then we would be delighted to hear from you. Whatever their profession, please tell us about them so that we can help them promote their services to other places of worship, or tell them about us so they can contact us directly. Please do not supply personal contact details without permission of that person. Please email us here firstname.lastname@example.org