Resources - Funding, fundraising and promotion


Resources to help local trusts with fundraising and promotion

A Churches Trusts Forum Fundraising Working Group meeting in 2017-2018 led to the creation of the free resources for local trusts on this page which include building a case for support, some case studies of successful fundraising initiatives and a guide to social media.  All trusts need to be aware of and follow the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Practice.

Case for support – why should people give to your trust?

A case for support is a document explaining to present and potential supporters what you need money for and what the benefits will be to places of worship if donors help your cause. You can draw from or adapt the case for support whenever you are fundraising or applying for funding. All trustees and volunteers should be able to explain clearly why people should support your trust.

An example of what a case for support might include for a local trust 

 Great examples of local trust successes

Here are some case studies of trusts innovating or keeping long standing good ideas going.

Music in Quiet Places by the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust

Devon's Historic Churches Day 

Shropshire Open Gardens

Alarms for Churches Campaign Suffolk


Social Media

People of all ages use social media as part of their daily lives. The main benefit you will get from using social media is engagement with supporters.

Establish and growing a social media presence is an exciting project and the following guides will help you to get started and to approach it strategically.

Follow and use material from the National Churches Trust and your fellow local organisations to help to grow your social media activity and presence.

Introduction to Social Media - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

A possible strategic approach to Social Media


Gateway Grants from the National Churches Trust

Gateway Grants

Our new Gateway Grant Programme offers grants from £3,000 to £10,000 to local churches trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to support churches in their area, or that deliver new ways of supporting churches. The guidance note is available here. Expressions of interest must first be submitted to no later than 12 September. Selected projects will then be invited to work up a submission to be entered via our online application portal. Any questions should be directed to Nigel Mills



If you would like to find out how to feature your trust and the churches in your county on the National Churches Trust's ExploreChurches website contact 

See how Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust is featured. 


Keep your listing in the National Churches Trust's Resource Directory of Support Organisations up to date

You can find your trust's entry and other sources of funding for churches in our Support Organisations database. To change or update your entry contact 

Support Organisations