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.



NCT has adopted a new strategy for 2019-2023. Existing grant schemes will be replaced with three new ones from September 2018. .

Foundation Grants

Grants of £500 – £3,000
Eligible work: Maintenance works; items identified as required within a Quinquennial Inspection Report/survey reports/other sort of report; small investigative works/surveys. Projects should cost up to £10,000.

Gateway Grants

Grants of £3,000 – £10,000
Eligible work: Structural repairs/maintenance issues costed between £10,000 and £100,000; installation of kitchen and toilets up to £30,000; project development work up to RIBA stage 1; strategic or capacity building projects at regional churches Trusts.

Cornerstone Grants

Grants of £10,000 – £50,000
Eligible work: Structural repairs/maintenance issues costed over £100,000; installation of kitchen and toilets over £30,000.

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

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