Grants and Funding
Grants and funding are available to help churches meet the costs of repairs to church buildings. To download a booklet on Charitable Grants for Churches please click here or see below for a list of available grants:
New innovation fund for places of worship run by the Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with other funding bodies
A new strategic partnership to help secure the future of places of worship called Places of Worship: Inspiring Ideas has been offered by the HLF working with other funding bodies such as The Pilgrim Trust and National Churches Trust. It’s a funding initiative that welcomes applications from projects looking to explore innovative ideas and test new approaches to managing, caring for, and funding historic places of worship, of all faiths and denominations. The aim of the fund is to help churches to understand the marketability of their heritage and create ways to increase their income, so they are safeguarded for future generations. It will fund projects which aim to help churches attract more visitors or to ensure that their heritage is preserved and documented. Please click here for more information and to check eligibility for the fund.
Places of worship to stay protected with £1 million Home Office fund
Places of worship that have been subjected to or could be vulnerable to hate crime attacks to be supported by the Home Office with a further £1 million funding.
Successful applicants in England and Wales will receive up to £56,000 towards improved security to counter the threat from hate crimes at their premises. Previous funding has been awarded when places of worship have been either victim to, or at risk of, a hate attack, including graffiti, the defacing of religious symbols or attacks on worshippers. The Places of Worship Security Funding scheme, which launched in 2016 and is worth £2.4 million in total, has helped 89 churches, mosques, temples and gurdwaras to install protective alarms, security lighting and CCTV cameras to deter attackers. The criteria for this year’s bids has been made more flexible – bidders will need to provide evidence that they are either vulnerable to hate crime or have been subject to a hate crime within the last 2 years.
Bidding for the Places of Worship Security Fund is open now.
Calor launches £50k rural grant scheme
Off-grid energy supplier Calor has announced a fund for 21 individual prize pots to support rural communities throughout the UK. Launched in 2017, past submissions included funding for community centres, village halls and sporting venues, as well as the installation of fibre broadband into an off-grid village. For more information, please go to: https://www.calor.co.uk/communityfund
The Yorkshire Maintenance Project has been created by the National Churches Trust to aid churches in maintaining their church buildings especially in relation to gutter clearance. They are working with The Pilgrim Trust to create micro-grants to aid parishes in maintaining their gutters. This is for 50% for the cost of the first year of guttering clearance. The project is hoping to secure fixed prices for gutter clearance so parishes know exactly how much they will have to pay. For more information please contact maintenance [at] nationalchurchestrust.org (Janet Edmond) or telephone 07734 392445. You can download a PowerPoint presentation on the Project here.
Grants for conservation reports
With thanks to the Pilgrim Trust for their generous support, ChurchCare has a fund of £35,000 towards costs for initial investigations (conservation reports, environmental / building performance surveys, technical analyses) to determine appropriate conservation works for items of historic, artistic or archaeological significance in churches. Conservation reports are an essential first step in projects involving the repair and conservation of artworks and historic furnishings in churches. They are also a key document to support faculty and grant applications. Applications are encouraged for items that are in urgent need of conservation. More information here.
Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme. The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Church yard improvements have been funded in previous rounds. From December each Tesco region will give away around £8,000 per month, spread over three projects. Applications should be made up to and around £5,000. No deadline. For support contact Mark on mark.buxton [at] groundwork.org.uk Apply at: www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme
National Churches Trust Grants
The National Churches Trust support a wide variety of projects through their grant programmes. From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet - and many other projects - their grants help people to continue to serve, and to serve better, their local communities. To find out more about applying for a grant, please go to the following website: http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants.
Heritage Lottery Fund - The Heritage Lottery Fund offer grants for a range of different works. Please click here for more information.
The Department of Communities and Local Government has confirmed that churches are eligible for Flood Resilience Grants of up to £5k.
Previously, churches had mixed messages from local authorities who have been administering the grants, it had not been clear that churches are eligible. If you have any further difficulties please contact ruth.knight [at] churchofengland.org (Ruth Knight).
For further advice on funding please also see the ChurchCare website.