National Churches Trust Grants for Listed and Unlisted Churches

Published: May 21, 2019

The National Churches Trust has three main grant programmes: Foundation, Gateway and Cornerstone, and administers one more, on behalf of Maintenance Booker: Preventative Maintenance Micro-grants.

In order to be eligible, work must be to the church building or an attached hall and applicants must demonstrate how they meet the outcomes of the strategy: Preserving heritage; Promoting sustainability and Inspiring support.

Who can apply: 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.



Foundation Grants

Grants of £500 – £3,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should not exceed £10,000.


Gateway Grants

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder.


Cornerstone Grants

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of major urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. Projects for kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT.


Preventative Maintenance Micro-grants

Grants of up to £500 (excl. VAT) towards the cost of building’s maintenance services. The grant will cover up to 50% of the cost of works. Churches are only eligible to apply if they book one of the following services through the MaintenanceBooker website: Rainwater goods maintenance; Lightning protection system repairs; Asbestos removal; Masonry repairs and high level maintenance.


Deadlines: Cornerstone: 1 July. Gateway: 12 September. Foundation: 26 September. Micro-grants: applications can be made at any time.

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