National Churches Trust - Community Grants

Status: Open to applications   


Description

Funding is available for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.


Details

Minimum Value: £5000


Value Notes

Grants of £5,000 and above are available for projects that have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees) to qualify.


Extended Description

The National Churches Trust was formed in June 2007 after extensive consultation with donors, grant recipients, the Charity Commission and other sector organisations, to fund, protect and support the built heritage of 47,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the UK.

The Trust offers funding for projects that are in line with the aims of the National Churches Trust which are to:

  • Help maintain the UK's heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities.
  • Promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them.

The Community Grants programme offers grants towards the cost of capital works such as additions and extensions and the introduction of facilities, such as accessible toilets and catering facilities.


Latest Information:

The next deadline is 2 July 2018 for a decision in November 2018.
 
Details of programmes and funding in 2019 will be announced later in the year.

Key Criteria

The Trust will consider both listed and unlisted churches, chapels and meeting houses of any age, as long as they are open for public worship. In the case of buildings that have been closed to the public, there must be plans to reopen the building for public worship and a congregation waiting to use the building.

The Trust will consider Christian places of worship in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The current geographic priorities are: North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Congregations can be of any denomination that is a member or associated member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Unitarian buildings may also be considered. Priority will be given to Baptist and Presbyterian/Church of Scotland denominations.

Applicants must have all necessary permissions approved and in place.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are available to introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. This includes capital works such as additions and extensions, and the introduction of facilities, such as accessible toilets and catering facilities.

To be eligible, the building must:

  • Be a Christian place of worship (but not a Cathedral) in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • Be owned by the applicant or the applicant must have the right to carry out the work.
  • Have been originally built as a place of worship and is open for regular public worship.

The principle denomination that worships in the building must be a member of (or belong to an umbrella body that is a member of) Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

The proejct mus be led by a qualified professional, usually an architect or chartered building surveyor.


Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Buildings that have been converted into places of worship, such as shops, offices or houses.
  • Chapels within hospitals, hospices, schools or prisons or other such institutions.
  • Retrospective costs. (Projects that have started before the application was submitted.)
  • Construction of new places of worship.
  • Works to cathedral buildings.
  • Works to buildings that were not originally constructed as a place of worship.
  • Works to an existing building that is separate from the existing place of worship (even if it is on the same site, a church hall, or owned by the church).
  • Construction of new structures separate from the place of worship (even if it is on the same site, a church hall, or owned by the church) – there may be exceptions for highly listed buildings.
  • Stained glass restoration (consideration may be given to urgent repairs to window structure).
  • Heating, lighting or electrical work.
  • General reordering.
  • Solar panels.
  • Clocks, organs, wall paintings, bells, monuments, fittings and fixtures.
  • Works to boundary walls, paths, churchyards or car parks.
  • Surveys.

 

Match Funding Restrictions:

The Trust encourages applicants to apply to other funding bodies and to fundraise locally.

Applicants must have raised at least 50% of the estimated project cost.


Application Procedure

Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust's website.

Contact The National Churches Trust for further information.


Application forms may be available to download, please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Enquiries The National Churches Trust
7 Tufton Street
London
SW1P 3QB
Telephone:020 7222 0605
Email:grants@nationalchurchestrust.org