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.

GrantFinderGrantFinder 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.



+++2018 update+++

Grants of up to £10,000 are available, and are likely to be used to produce a report that will help progress project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies and to meet RIBA Stage 1 requirements, or may assist with the cost of staff time such as a project manager or a professional advisor.

UK places of worship, of all ages, listed and unlisted, are considered for the funding, though the Trust is particularly interested in applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Funding is limited and in high demand. Applicants must read the guidance notes carefully to ensure they are eligible. The Fund is only open to buildings built as churches originally and 50% of the funds need to have been raised prior to submission.

The 2018 deadlines for applications are January 10, April 25 and August 29 

MAINTENANCE GRANTS (in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust) +++2018 update+++

£500-£3000 available for maintenance and pro-active repairs. Applications require 50% match funding and should be costed at £1,000-£10,000. These might include:

  • roof repairs
  • repointing/re-rendering
  • stone repairs
  • rainwater goods
  • structural repairs
  • glazing
  • drainage
  • floors

The next deadline for applications is May 23rd   Read the Guidelines


Between £500-£20,000 is available for projects of £25,000 or more that are in line with the Trust’s aims and objectives:

  • to help maintain the UK’s church building heritage.and to enhance their ability to serve their communities
  • to promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and inspire everyone to value and enjoy them

All types of community project will be considered but should include toilets and catering facilities


…of £5000-£40,000 are available for urgent, essential repairs with estimated costs of at least £100,000 inc. VAT & fees

Deadlines for both schemes are March 5th and July 2nd 2018



The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme provides quick and easy funding for a wide range of repairs

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