National Churches Trust – Community Grants


The 2016 Community Grants Programme is now open. 

Our Community Grants programme offers the opportunity to apply for grants of £10,000 and above for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. We are interested in a wide range of projects but all will include toilets and catering facilities.

To qualify, projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees). Other eligibility criteria apply.

Places of worship of any denomination and age can apply. We will consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK. However, for 2016 we are interested in seeing applications from our priority areas – North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Please note that all necessary permissions to make the changes should be in place before applying to us.

The application process begins with an eligibility quiz. Please answer these questions accurately. If you are eligible you will be able to continue to the application form.


Also, new this year, is the chance for churches awarded a National Churches Trust Community Grant to obtain a £2,000 micro-grant to set up a social action project that meets the needs of local people. The micro-grants will allow churches to set up a Cinnamon Network Recognised Project which include initiatives such as CAP Money Courses, Make Lunch, and Parish Nursing. Churches will also be able to access the support and training provided by Cinnamon Network’s regional Advisers and Trainers. Express your interest in the relevant section of the application form.


To get started click on the ‘Grant Application Form’ button at the bottom of this page. Before starting we recommend you read the ‘Process and Guidelines’ notes – see below. Please note that this year we have introduced a new ‘Cost Breakdown and Funding Information’ sheet which we require you to download from the bottom of this page, and to upload a completed copy to the online application form along with your other supporting documentation. The sheet requests details about project costs, fundraising, and also the size of grant you would like to apply for from us (please note grants are usually in the region of £10,000 to £40,000).

You can apply for a Community Grant at any time until the 12 September 2016, though we recommend you apply as early as possible.

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