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Last updated 19th August 2022

Grants and Funding

Grants for churches are available from many organisations and the list on this page contains details for some of the more well known ones.  The links will give you details of eligibility and the application process.  Before making any applications ensure that you check the deadlines for applications and read the relevant guidelines as well as advice on the relevant pages.

Resources for Funding Help and Advice


NLHF Grants for Heritage

Applications are now open for National Lottery Grants for Heritage from £3,000 to £5 million. The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means it has revised our approach to what it will fund.

This is set out in Priorities for National Lottery Grants for Heritage for 2022-23.

The NLHF will prioritise heritage projects that willl meet outcomes set up as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic which are:

 


Grants for Roof Alarms

The Allchurches Trust Limited – Owners of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group have made available to the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Finance Limited  £35,000 to assist and encourage churches to install a roof alarm system to protect, prevent and minimise the theft of lead on church roofs.

Churches can apply for 50% of the cost of an alarm, up to £2,500. To apply please complete the attached application form and send it to Jen Read at jen.read@blackburn.anglican.org.


Parish Vision Fund

Parishes can apply to the Diocese of Blackburn's Parish Vision Fund for grants to help parishes with work related to Vision 2026.  You can find more information including criteria for applications and the application form here 


The Church Buildings Council

 The Church Buildings Council offers grants for several types of works to churches. These include:


The Benefact Trust (formally All Churches Trust)

The Benefact Trust makes grants to churches of between £1000 and £15,000 for projects with a total cost of up to £1 million. Most grants fall into this category but larger grants are available for projects costing over £1 million.  They take into account the amount raised towards a project, along with the project’s objectives and scope and the extent of deprivation in the community concerned. 


The National Churches Trust

National Churches Trust Grant programme supports a wide variety of projects to help churches, people and local communities from repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet.  There are 3 grant programmes but to be eligible for any of them you must have the necessary permission and 50% of the required funding in place (which can include any VAT you are eligible to reclaim through the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme). 

 Please contact grants@nationalchurchstrust.org or call 020 7227 1933 to speak to the grants team if you have any questions regarding grant programmes.

  • Cornerstone Grants are between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of major urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT.
  • Gateway Grants are between £3,000 and £10,000 towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project costs for this phase.
  •  Foundation Grants are between £500 and £3,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should not exceed £10,000

Garfield Weston Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation provides funds towards simple but practical projects that enable religious buildings to be used for an inclusive range of charitable purposes by their local communities.  Capital grants include funds towards the instillation of basic amenities such as lavatories and kitchen facilities and for restoration works to historic church buildings.


 

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