National Churches Trust Grant Programmes for 2019-2023

23 July 2019

If you need funding for a church maintenance or repair project, want to install a toilet or kitchen to improve community facilities, or are seeking early stage funding (such as for a feasibility report) for your place of worship, then the National Churches Trust grant schemes could help you.

All of their programmes are open to churches, chapels and meeting houses of all Christian denominations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that are open for worship at least six days per year, and that are open to the public beyond worship for at least 100 days per year.

There are three types of grant available; Cornerstone Grants, Gateway Grants and Foundation Grants.

Cornerstone Grants
The programme funds two types of work.

  • Urgent structural fabric repairs identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report or fabric survey report, and costed at over £100,000 including VAT and fees.
  • Projects that include the installation of kitchens and toilets costed at over £30,000 including VAT and fees.

Cornerstone grants are between £10,000 and £50,000 but we may also make some smaller awards.

Gateway Grants
The programme funds two types of work.

  • Project development and investigative work up to the RIBA planning stage 1, helping churches prepare for a major project and to gather together the documents required in order to make an application to a major grant funder
  • Strategic or capacity building projects at local church trusts. Gateway grants are between £3,000 and £10,000.

Foundation Grants

The programme funds two types of work, and for a limited time only we will accept applications for projects costing up to £20,000 (excluding VAT).

  • Urgent maintenance works and items identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report or survey report
  • Small investigative works and surveys.Foundation grants are, for a limited time only, up to £10,000.

How to apply

Applications must be made online at where you can find the most up to date information, including deadline dates and detailed guidance notes.


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