Conservation and maintenance grants and Training schemes
NATIONAL LOTTERY GRANTS FOR HERITAGE
Heritage Funding Helpline
Giving to Heritage has set up a helpline where you can submit a question to a fundraising expert, or ask for help with reviewing an application and obtain fundraising advice when you need it.
Click here for Heritage Fundraising Helpline contact details.
They also provide free access to webinars relating to heritage and fundraising. Click here for the list of Recent Webinars.
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
- Bells and Bellframes: apply by 28th February 2022
- Books and Manuscripts: apply by [tbc]
- Church Plate: apply by 4th October 2021
- Churchyard Structures: apply by 4th October 2021
- Clocks: apply by 21st March 2022
- Monumental brasses and decorative metalwork: apply by 4th October 2021
- Monuments: apply by 4th October 2021
- Organs: apply by 27th September 2021
- Paintings & Wall Paintings: apply by 17th January 2022
- Stained glass: apply by 9th August 2021
- Textiles: apply by 4th October 2021
- Wooden objects: apply by 4th October 2021
Full details of these grants and how to apply can be found by clicking on the link below:
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:
- Cornerstone - For urgent and essential structural repair projects with estimated costs of at least £100,000 that will help places of worship become wind and watertight, and for installing kitchens and toilets with estimated costs of at least £30,000, to improve access for all.
- Gateway - To support churches in their project development up to RIBA Stage 1; supporting local churches trusts; and essential repair projects with estimated costs of between £10,000 and £100,000.
- Foundation Grants for Maintenance - Small grants to support small, urgent maintenance and repair issues or to carry out small investigative works costing up to £10,000. Through the Foundation grant programme we can fund small works to your church building that cost up to £10,000 (excluding VAT) with grants of up to 50% of the cost (up to £5,000). Works would need to have 2 quotes in place and permissions if required. Decisions are made on a monthly basis. As an idea of what we fund - the majority of our grantees require funds to repair rainwater goods, drainage repairs, to carry out small repointing and stone repairs, and small roof repairs. Please follow the link for the full guidance and access to the online application form.
- Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants - Grants to support the cost of Maintenance Booker maintenance services.
If you have any questions at all, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be very happy to help. For details of the other grants we offer towards church building repairs see here.
For information regarding Diocesan grants towards the cost of building repairs please see the webpage at:
Diocesan Grants: Parish Buildings. [Presently suspended]
For information regarding Diocesan loans to help parishes complete building works please see the webpage at:
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]