Grants

The following grant opportunities can help support you with the cost of carrying out essential maintenance and repairs to your building booked through MaintenanceBooker. 

For small projects costing under £1,000 (excluding VAT), you may be eligible to apply for a Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant.  If your project cost exceeds £1,000 (excluding VAT), you may be eligible for a Foundation Grant.  Further details of both grant programmes can be found below. 


Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants

The National Churches Trust Preventative Maintenance Grant Programme offers grants of up to £500 towards the cost of services booked via MaintenanceBooker. The Programme supports works costing up to £1,000 (excluding VAT). Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs excluding VAT.

Most services can be considered for a grant. Works must be direct to the church building. Work to separate structures, within the churchyard or for tree surveys and tree surgery are ineligible for funding.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis.

Find out more on our grants pages here. For full eligibility criteria you can download our Guidance Note here. To find out more, including the next deadline dates, and a link to the online application form to apply for a Preventative Maintenance Micro Grant Click here.


Foundation Grants

The National Churches Trust Foundation Grant Programme offers grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report and also, small investigative works and surveys. The Programme is for projects with a cost of between £1,000 - £10,000 (excluding VAT). Grants will never exceed 50% of the project costs excluding VAT. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis from January 2020 and you will receive notification of a decision 6 to 8 weeks after the point of submission.

For further information and full eligibility criteria you can download our Guidance Note here.

If you are requesting quotes for a multi-building contract, for example a standard gutter clearance for six churches, you are also eligible to apply for a Foundation Grant to help cover up to half of the cost of the work. Our Foundation Programme application form is designed for projects at single buildings, so you may need some help completing the online form. You can obtain an additional guidance note for applicants with MaintenanceBooker multi-building quotes from the National Churches Trust grants team.

To apply for a Foundation Grant, click here.

Gateway Grants

The National Churches Trust Gateway Grant Programme offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards urgent and essential maintenance works and repair projects identified as a priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. The Programme is for projects with a cost of between £10,000 - £100,000 (excluding VAT). Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs excluding VAT. Applications are assessed 3 times a year.

For further information and full eligibility criteria you can download our Guidance Note HERE.

To find out more, including the next deadline dates, and a link to the online application form to apply for a Gateway Grant click here.


Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme

The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (LPWGS) 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.

The Scheme is run by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) with a focus on preserving heritage in the fabric of our UK listed places of worship. Since its establishment in 2001, the Scheme has adapted to changes while continuing to support places of worship by delivering the fairest possible system of making grants and ensuring that all faiths and areas of the UK are equally able to make use of the scheme.

The LPWGS has paid out £151m since its inception and assisted over 13,000 buildings. The Scheme presently receives approximately 4000 applications per annum.

Claims can be made once invoices total above £1,000 (excl. VAT), and must be made within 12 months of the invoice date. Listed places of worship may also submit one claim in respect of works with a value of less than £1,000, but more than £500 (excluding the VAT paid) in any 12 month period. Visit their website for full details.

More about the LPWGS and to apply for a grant

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Further reading

View the National Churches Trust grants webpages and other sources of advice, support and funding can be found in our support organisations pages.