Funding news - 07/11/2017

National Churches Trust Offers Funding for 2018

The National Churches Trust is currently accepting applications from places of worship of any Christian denomination in the UK to a number of its grants programmes for funding in 2018.

The National Churches Trust offers funding for projects that are in line with its aims which are as follows:

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

Applications are currently being accepted to the following grants programmes:

  • Community Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects that have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees). The grants are to be used for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. All types of community projects will be considered, but should include toilets or catering facilities.
  • Repair Grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 are available towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects with estimated costs of at least £100,000 (including VAT and fees).
  • Maintenance Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available to applicants with repair or maintenance projects costing between £1,000 and £10,000. Applicants should have already raised 50% of the total project cost.
  • Partnership Grants for places of worship in specific areas of England and across Wales and Northern Ireland. Grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 are available for urgent repair projects with estimated costs of between £10,000 and £100,000 (including VAT and fees).
  • Project Development Grants are expected to follow later in November 2017. These are grants of up to £10,000 for high quality sustainable repair and community projects.

Churches, chapels and meeting houses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that are open for worship and which are part of a denomination belonging to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland can apply.  Applications from both listed and unlisted places of worship are welcomed. Priority will be given to Baptist and Presbyterian/Church of Scotland denominations as well as to projects in North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The first deadline for most programmes is in January 2018. Applicants should refer to the guidelines for specific dates.

Further information can be found on the National Churches Trust website.

Source: National Churches Trust, 07/11/2017