Grants are available to support the conservation and sustainable use of church buildings in the UK, focusing on larger and more complex projects with priority given to urgent structural repairs or the introduction of kitchens and accessible toilets.
The fund is now open until midnight on 4 July 2023 for first stage applications. Up to £50,000 grant available.
The National Churches Trust supports church and chapel buildings open for worship throughout the UK. It funds urgent repairs and modernisation, provides expert advice on church maintenance and on how churches can continue to serve local communities and promote church heritage and tourism. The funding is for projects which can demonstrate how they meet the outcome in line with the new strategy:
- Preserving heritage.
- Promoting sustainability.
- Inspiring support.
The Large Grants programme (formerly Cornerstone Grants) is intended to support structural repairs and maintenance issues costing more than £100,000 or the installation of kitchen and toilets costing over £30,000.
Priority for funding is for urgent structural repairs (costed at more than £80,000 including VAT), but the Trust will consider projects for the installation of kitchens and accessible toilets (costed at more than £30,000 including VAT).
Match funding of at least 50% is required. Any places of worship of any Christian denomination and age can apply. Applications will be considered from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK.