Normally, the routine maintenance of a church building is the proper responsibility of the parish itself. But there are obviously occasions when outside help is needed – not only advice but also financial assistance.
GrantFinder provides access to over 8000 sources of funding for a wide range of projects that could help maintain, refurbish, re-order or even extend your church premises. It can also assist with funds for church groups.
The diocese has access to this via a provincial scheme that provides a greater number of potential options than most search engines.
The point of contact is Dr Nigel Ford, who can be contacted by phone on 01646 693452 or via Email
Before considering any work on your church or churchyard you should consult your archdeacon, who may steer you towards help available.
When exploring this avenue, please bear in mind that there are two application forms for grants: one is concerned with church buildings and the other with projects which do not normally involve the buildings themselves.
Don’t forget that any proposal for repairs or modifications in churches or churchyards requires a faculty: further information is available on the main DAC page.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT GRANTS – DEADLINE EXTENSION
NCT has extended the deadline for applications to this pilot scheme which offers grants up to £10,000 to help churches develop high quality sustainable repair and community projects. It was February 27th. It is now May 10th
This programme is a pilot scheme intended to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability and the development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through a subsequent capital or sustainability project.
The grants are likely to assist with the cost of staff time such as a project manager or a professional advisor, and/or to produce a report that will help progress the project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1 requirements.
Places of worship of any Christian denomination can apply. Applications for buildings of all ages, listed and unlisted will be considered. The Trust has particular interest in 2017 in several regions, including Wales.
Match funding of at least 50% of the funds required must be raised by applicants from their own reserves or other funders, or fundraising initiatives.
The National Churches Trust, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, has also set up a pilot programme which offers grants of between £1,000 and £2,500 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings, as identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or report by a gutter management contractor, and costed between £2,000 and £10,000.
Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works.
There will be three funding rounds in 2017. The first deadline was January 4th The next is May 10th
The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme provides quick and easy funding for a wide range of repairs