Advice & Guidance

Sources of Advice

There are a number of good resources and websites that list the various grant making bodies and their contact details. The most useful are as follows:

Funds for Historic Buildings in England and Wales

This web based database is provided by the Architectural Heritage Fund and lists the possible funding sources for the repair, conservation, conversion and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Over one hundred funding sources specifically relevant to historic buildings are listed, as well as other funding sources whose main remit lies elsewhere (like regeneration or housing) but which support historic building projects.

Heritage Funding Directory

Heritage Link maintains an on-line funding directory, which complements Funds for Historic Buildings in England and Wales. The Heritage Funding Directory is a comprehensive guide to sources of financial support for anyone seeking to undertake creative projects connected with the UK's heritage. It includes details of the majority of substantive sources of funding from central and local government, non-governmental agencies and grant-making trusts which specialise in supporting heritage projects, as well as many which provide such funding within a wider remit.

The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts

An up to date copy of this resource published by the Directory of Social Change, should be held in your local library. You can also subscribe to an online version.

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free smart website for the whole voluntary and community sector, including social enterprise, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.


The Church Buildings Council publishes extensive guidance on fundraising and grants on its Churchcare website. This resource was developed for the Church of England but the advice is generally applicable to all places of worship. The council also awards its own grants for conservation projects.

Parish Resources

This website offers a wide range of resources to support all aspects of stewardship in the local church. There is information for those who preach and teach about stewardship, for encouraging giving in the local church, for parish treasurers, Gift Aid administrators and for those involved in seeking funding for major projects amongst other things.

Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential

The Government and the Church of England have published guidelines to help all religious groups overcome the 'squeamishness' they can encounter from funding providers. Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential identifies funding and support for faith groups that will enable them to adapt their buildings for community use and build on their capacity to engage at local and regional level.

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