Grants for church buildings and communities
Here you have access to funding directories which contain details of bodies that regularly provide grants to church building and associated projects such as the care of bells, clocks and organs and specific time-limited grants.
Information is updated on a regular basis.
Funding directories provide information on a wide range of organisations that make regular grants to churches. Some give only to specific subjects or geographical areas. Ensure you follow the directions provided by funders and use any forms they may provide.
Specific Grant Offers
The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Veolia Environmental Trust is the 28th February 2019. Grants of up to £75,000 are available to constituted not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards community buildings; parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and recreational facilities; nature reserves; and bio diversity projects.
To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site; the projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs); the applicant must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.
The National Churches Trust has announced that the Cornerstone Grants Programme is now open for applications. The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost. The closing date for applications is the 4th March 2019.
Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs are able to apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities. This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums. The funding is being made available through the Landfill Operator Wren and is available to projects sited within England in within their operating areas within 10 miles of eligible FCC Environment site.
Calor Rural Community Fund offers rural off grid communities the chance to gain funding for projects that will improve local life. Applications for funding are divided into three categories: £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000. There are 5 x £5,000 grants, 6 x £2,500 grants and 10 x £1,000 grants available to off-grid community projects. Funding applied for must equate to 50% or more of the total project cost. Projects supported can be anything from schools, community centres, village halls and sporting venues to youth clubs and scout groups, or even initiatives to support the elderly. The Fund re-opens on the 20th March 2019 – interested groups should register their details to receive a notification with funding dates for 2019.
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which supports the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings, has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Project Development Grant scheme (up to £25,000) is the 11th February 2019 to be considered at the 26th March Grant Panel meeting. Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for a historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site. The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works.
The AHF also makes Project Viability Grants (PVG) of up to £5,000 to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition. Applications to the Project Viability grants as well as Project Development grants of up to £5,000 can be submitted at any time and are considered on a quarterly basis.
The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare - Grants for Fabric Repairs is the 28th January 2019. ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish's engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building. Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as roof repairs; masonry repairs; rainwater disposal and drainage.
The Home Office has opened a further round of grants for security measures at places of worship. Places of worship can submit bids for projects costing up to £70,000 for protective security measures and will be required to contribute at least 20 percent of the total cost of the project. The Home Office will award funding on a discretionary basis up to a maximum of £56,000 per place of worship.
Funding will not be available for improvements, lead theft, security upgrades or measures to tackle anti-social behaviour or other criminality unconnected with hate crime. For more information see here.
Schools across the UK, nurseries, colleges, universities, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides are amongst the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment. Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wild wood and urban trees. The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be planted in March 2019.
The National Churches Trust has published details of its grants programme for 2019 to 2023. Each of their existing grant programmes will close at its next deadline. Three new grants programmes will open before the end of the year: Foundation, Gateway and Cornerstone Grants.
Foundation Grants, £500 - £3,000 for: Maintenance works; items identified as required within a Quinquennial Inspection Report/survey reports/other sort of report; small investigative works/surveys. Projects should cost up to £10,000.
Gateway Grants. £3,000 - £10,000 for: Structural repairs/maintenance issues costed between £10,000 and £100,000; installation of kitchen and toilets up to £30,000; project development work up to RIBA stage 1; strategic or capacity building projects at regional churches Trusts.
Cornerstone Grants, £10,000 - £50,000 for: Structural repairs/maintenance issues costed over £100,000; installation of kitchen and toilets over £30,000.
Sustainable repair & community project grants
The National Churches Trust offer grants of up to £10,000 to help churches develop high quality sustainable repair and community projects. The grant will support you in diagnosing issues affecting your church, testing the viability of proposed solutions and developing plans suitable for applying for larger grants. To find out more please visit the National Churches Website and feel free to contact members of the diocesan church buildings team to discuss your ideas.
The William and Jane Morris Fund accepts applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896 for grants of between £500 and £5,000 to carry out small programmes of conservation work to decorative features and monuments. All work funded must be directed by a professional architect or established conservator and completed according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).
Deadlines for applications
There are two grant rounds each year and deadlines for the receipt of applications are:
- 31 March (applicants notified by 31 May)
- 31 August (applicants notified by 30 November)
Grants will be awarded to support smaller programmes of work concerned with the conservation of decorative or non-structural features such as:
- stained glass windows
- internal monuments and tombs
- wall paintings
The decorative feature, monument, etc must date from no later than 1896 (the year of William Morris’s death). Applications for features dated after 1896, even if they are in churches dated before 1896, are not eligible.
A professional architect or established conservator must be engaged to direct the work.
The Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust awards grants for a whole spectrum of repairs across all denominations. The majority of grants awarded have been for fabric repairs. However, the preservation of individual artefacts like organs or monuments have also been key reasons for grants awarded.
In order to be eligible, applicants must demonstrate a focus of mission and care for their building; any schemes should be prepared by a qualified architect/surveyor. In addition the Trust requires the following:
- The building must be in use as a place of worship and be accessible to the public.
- The building must not cease operating as a place of worship in the foreseeable future.
- The applicants must show a genuine shortfall in funding.
- The applicants must be actively fundraising and be able to confirm they anticipate being able to raise any financial shortfall. Categories for grant-aid generally include:
If you would like to apply for a grant, download the form below, or get in touch with Jonathan Stamp, the grants secretary on 07594 578665 if have you have any questions. Please download our grant guidance notes to aid you in filling out the forms. Thank you for your interest in the Trust.
ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCC's with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish's engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building. Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as roof repairs; masonry repairs; rainwater disposal and drainage.
Click on the links below to see further information, forms and closing dates for CBC grants in the following areas:
HLF has issued further guidance on the new funds available for places of worship here
With the end of the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme, parishes now must compete alongside other bodies for heritage funding (including repairs). Whilst other sources of funding are available, most funders and the HLF in particular require a significant part of your proposal to include greater and improved community use of your building and sharing of its heritage.
- Our Heritage (£10,000-£100,000) a one stage application process for smaller projects looking to undertake more straight-forward repairs. Applications assessed within eight weeks.
- Heritage Grants (£100,000-£5m) entail a two stage application process but gives applicants the opportunity to secure funding for more ambitious projects and allows them to undertake a development phase to help shape their proposals.
- Resilient Heritage (£3,000-£250,000) can be used by individual organisations or partnerships to help them better manage their heritage by developing income-generation strategies, feasibility studies or other assessments in preparation for a larger Heritage Grant application
Further information regarding the new approach taking by HLF for funding grants can be found here
A service which offers qualified and experienced contractors for clearing drains and gutters, lightning conductor tests and tree work (permission Required via Log B). Small grants available. Go to the Maintenance Booker website
Constituted, not-for-profit groups within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site, can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 towards community buildings; parks and paths, play and recreational facilities; nature reserves and biodiversity projects. To qualify for funding, projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs). There is a two-stage application process and applicants successful at stage 1 must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.
The Rank Foundation – Pebbles Programme (UK)
UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation Pebbles programme. To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs. Applications can be submitted at any time.