Project Development Grants


The 2018 Project Development GrantsProgramme is now CLOSED!

Our Project Development Grants offered awards of up to £10,000 to help churches develop high quality sustainable repair and community projects. 

About the Programme

This grant programme offered awards up to £10,000 to support churches to develop high quality, well researched, sustainable projects through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions, and through developing plans upto RIBA stage 1, in advance of applying to a major church heritage funder such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. The grants were mostly used to produce reports to help progress project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1 requirements, or to assist with the cost of staff time such as a project manager or a professional advisor.


Places of worship of any Christian denomination can apply. We will consider applications for buildings of all ages, listed and unlisted. For 2018 we are particularly interested in 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 50% of the funds need to have be raised. Full eligibility, and further details, can be found in the 'Guidance Note' available at the end of the page.

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. To view the questions in advance follow the link below.

How to apply

The Project Development Grant programme has now CLOSED. Find about our revised programmes, and future funding availability here.

Decisions on all grant applications are made internally. A shortlist of candidates is discussed by an independent Grants Committee, comprised of experts from the church and heritage sectors, who meet three times a year.

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 are likely to seek our support. We strongly encourage you to start local fundraising as early as you can. For more funding sources and fundraising advice please click here.

 Our grant programmes are changing. Details of deadlines beyond 29 August 2018, and the programmes and funding for 2019, will be announced later in the year. More information is available here.