Conservation and maintenance grants and Training schemes

NATIONAL LOTTERY GRANTS FOR HERITAGE

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Heritage Funding Helpline

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Churches Conservation Foundation - New small grants programme for church repair (Nov 2017)

This new grants programme is now open for applications. Grants of £250 - £2,000 are available for conservation work to the fabric and contents of historic listed churches that would not normally be undertaken in the regular cycle or repair and maintenance. Examples include work to listed headstones and monuments, wall paintings, rood screens, fonts, carved stonework, stained glass and altar cloths. For more information and to download an application form see the CCF website at www.churchesconservation.org


Conservation grants: the following conservation grants are currently available from ChurchCare

Full details of these grants and how to apply can be found by clicking on the link below:
ChurchCare Grants.


Grants for conservation reports

Conservation reports are an essential first step in projects involving the repair and conservation of artworks and historic furnishings in churches and are also a key document to support faculty and grant applications. ChurchCare can award grants to assist with the commissioning of such reports (as well as grants towards the conservation works themselves) including environmental surveys and other technical investigations (e.g paint analysis). These grants are available throughout the year. For further information please click on the link below: Conservation Grants.


Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme - to recover VAT

The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme gives grants that cover the VAT incurred in making repairs to listed buildings in use as places of worship. The scheme covers repairs to the fabric of the building, along with associated professional fees, plus repairs to turret clocks, pews, bells and pipe organs. For guidance as to how to apply please see the webpage at: LPW Scheme. Update (Feb 2021): the DCMS have confirmed that the scheme will continue at its current levels until March 2022. There are no changes planned to the eligibility criteria or application process.


National Churches Trust Maintenance and Repair Grants

The NCT runs four grant programmes:

If you have any questions at all, please contact us: grants@nationalchurchestrust.org and we would be very happy to help. For details of the other grants we offer towards church building repairs see here.


Diocesan Grants

For information regarding Diocesan grants towards the cost of building repairs please see the webpage at:
Diocesan Grants: Parish Buildings. [Presently suspended]


Diocesan Loans

For information regarding Diocesan loans to help parishes complete building works please see the webpage at:
Diocesan Loans.


Grant Making Trusts

Please see below for an up to date list of Charitable Grants for Churches (which includes lists of available grants for conservation, preservation and restoration works, bells, organs, windows, community projects and the provision of improved facilities).

In particular, see the website for the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust.


Heritage Funding Directory relaunched

Managed by the Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Heritage Funding Directory is a free, easy-to-use guide to financial and other support for anyone undertaking UK heritage related projects. The Directory can be accessed here: www.heritagefundingdirectoryuk.org


Jill Franklin Trust

The Jill Franklin Trust provides grants of £500 for restoration works to churches which are of architectural interest (half a page in the "Pevsner" series Buildings of England or Grade I listed, exceptionally Grade II*). The church should be open to visitors daily. For a simple application form go to: Jill Franklin Applications.


William and Jane Morris Fund (Church Conservation Grants)

Grants of £500 to £5,000 are awarded for the conservation of decorative features and monuments carried out in accordance with the principles of SPAB. Application deadlines are 31st March and 31st August each year. To apply please go to: www.sal.org.uk/grants/morris-fund-conservation-grants/

[Page updated 18th June 2021]