National Churches Trust Grants Programmes 2019-2023


In line with the National Churches Trust’s new strategy for 2019-2023, we are revising our grant programmes.

Each of our existing grant programmes will close at its next deadline. We will be opening 3 new grant programmes before the end of the year: FoundationGateway and Cornerstone Grants.

Our criteria will include:

  • 50% fundraising in place at the point of application (grant awards will never exceed 50%)
  • Applicants must be a Christian denomination, with a building constructed as a place of worship (more than 30 years ago) and open for regular worship use, located in the UK.
  • Work must not have started at the point the application is submitted.
  • Work must be to the church building or an attached hall.
  • Applicants must demonstrate how they meet our outcomes in line with our new strategy:
    1. Preserving heritage
    2. Promoting sustainability
    3. Inspiring support
  • Projects at listed buildings must be led by a conservation accredited professional.
  • Applicants must have at least 2 quotes in place at the point of application, and any necessary permissions.
  • Places of worship must be open beyond worship for at least 100 days per year.
  • Grantees must register on our ExploreChurches and MaintenanceBooker websites.

Although we fund projects from across the UK, we are especially interested in good projects from our priority areas: North East of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

To visit the official website, click here.

As currently, all grants decisions will be made by our grants committee, which meets 3 times a year.

The programmes are likely to be structured as follows, though final inclusions are still to be confirmed and remain subject to change:

Foundation Grants

Grants of £500 – £3,000
Eligible work: Maintenance works; items identified as required within a Quinquennial Inspection Report/survey reports/another sort of report; small investigative works/surveys. Projects should cost up to £10,000.

Gateway Grants

Grants of £3,000 – £10,000
Eligible work: Project development work up to RIBA stage 1; strategic or capacity building projects at regional churches Trusts.

Cornerstone Grants

Grants of £10,000 – £50,000
Eligible work: Structural repairs/maintenance issues costed over £100,000; installation of kitchen and toilets over £30,000.

New programmes:

Cornerstone September 2018 5 November 2018 March 2019
Gateway November 2018 January 2019 March 2019
Foundation November 2018 January 2019 March 2019



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