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.
This pilot scheme offers grants up to £10,000 to help churches develop high quality sustainable repair and community projects. The next deadline for applications is 6th September
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 final one is September 6th
The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme provides quick and easy funding for a wide range of repairs
PLEASE NOTE: New applications will NOT be accepted after September 2017. Instead, funding will be available through the Our Heritage scheme (up to £100,000) and via Heritage Grants (up to £5m). The final deadline is August 21st
This introduces a faster, single-stage application for grants up to £100,000, rather than the old two-stage process under Grants for Places of Worship. It will also be more flexible, allowing for a wider range of activities and capital works than under the current scheme, although projects that have a focus on much-needed repairs will still be welcomed.
In addition, under the new arrangements, 100% of works and activities can be funded with no requirement for partnership funding; and with 50% of the grant paid up front, congregations can get on with their work immediately, helping with cash flow.
For larger schemes, more money will be available for individual places of worship. The Grants for Places of Worship awards were limited to £250,000 per application. Under Heritage Grants, applicants can apply for up to £5m per application, and can receive help to develop their final proposals between the first and second rounds.