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

If the cost of booking a maintenance service is a financial problem, the National Churches Trust, with its partner the Pilgrim Trust, can offer grants towards the cost of a number of fabric repair services available to book through MaintenanceBooker. You could receive a grant of up to 50% of service costs (excl. VAT), to a maximum of £500. The cost of your service must not exceed £1,000 (excl VAT). Please see our Foundation Grant Programme (below) for project costs over £1,000.

Churches are eligible to apply for a Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant if they book one of the following services through the MaintenanceBooker system:

  • Rainwater Goods Maintenance
  • Lightning Protection System Repairs
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Masonry Repairs and Lime Mortar Repointing
  • High Level Maintenance

You can apply to us once all possible MaintenanceBooker supplier quotes have been received, and before a job has been carried out. This will be a minimum of 14 days after the initial request has been submitted. You do not need to select your quote through MaintenanceBooker before you submit your application, however you will need to indicate your preferred quote in your application form. Once you have submitted a grant application online, you should usually hear if it has been successful within one to four weeks. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

If successful, you will need to accept the terms and condition of the award. You can claim your grant from the National Churches Trust once your building’s service has been completed and you have been sent a copy of the final invoice. Email a copy to our grants team to release the payment which will be made in to the place of worship’s account.

Download our tips on how to apply here, download our guidance note here, and APPLY 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.

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.

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.