Advice & Guidance

Major Grant Givers

There are a number of major organisations which specifically support places of worship. The following sources of funding may be worth considering:

Repair Grants for Places of Worship

This grant scheme is jointly funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund and gives grants for urgent repairs to listed buildings which are in regular use as public places of worship. Grants are offered in two stages. Stage-one development funding enables projects to be planned and the repair costs established. Stage-two repair grants will only be offered once projects have been fully developed and the costs are known.



A new 'Spring Clean' grant scheme was launched in 2008. A grant of a maximum of £500 per building is available for a range of minor repairs - for example, cleaning rainwater goods or securing slipped roof slates.


Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund is charged with distributing funds from the National Lottery and supports a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom.


National Churches Trust

The Trust offers grants to Christian places of worship in England, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales to help with the cost of essential fabric repairs and also the installation of new community facilities.


Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

This is an interim grant scheme which returns, in grant aid, all or part of the actual amount spent on VAT on eligible repairs to listed places of worship. The Scheme is currently due to continue until the end of March 2011.


Allchurches Trust Limited

The Trust is a registered charity established to promote the Christian religion and to consider appeals in support of charitable institutions, churches and church establishments, religious charities and charities conserving UK heritage, including the local community and those concerned with the welfare of the disadvantaged and disabled.


County Churches Trusts

You may find that there is a County Churches Trust in your local area which provides grants or interest free loans. Many of these are currently under-subscribed and are therefore well worth approaching. Some also distribute funds from the Landfill Communities Fund.


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