FUNDING: National Churches Trust – development, repair and maintenance grants

The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects at churches, chapels and meeting houses and are available to Christian places of worship in the UK that are open for regular worship.

From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet and much more, this Trust’s grants help to keep churches open for worship and community activities.

There are four types of grants usually available:

Cornerstone – large grants for urgent and essential structural repair projects with estimated costs of at least £100,000 that will help places of worship become wind and watertight, and for installing kitchens and toilets with estimated costs of at least £30,000, to improve access for all. The next deadline for applications is 1 November 2021 with decisions given in March 2022.

Gateway – medium grants to support churches in their project development up to RIBA stage 1; supporting local church trusts; and essential repair projects with estimated costs of between £10,000 and £100,000. The next deadline for applications is 13 January 2021 with decisions given in March 2022.

Foundation Grants for Maintenance – small grants to support small, urgent maintenance and repair issues or to carry out small investigative works costing up to £10,000. The next deadline for applications is 31 October 2021.

Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants – micro grants to support the cost of maintenance services booked online directly through their Maintenance Booker website. This can include rainwater goods maintenance, asbestos removal, lightning protection system repairs, masonry repairs, lime mortar repointing and high level maintenance.  Priority is given to churches booking their first service through the service, with small congregations or limited financial means.

For full details and guidance on all the above grants, visit the National Churches Trust website.