Grants

The following grant opportunities can help support you with the cost of carrying out essential maintenance and repairs to your building. Investing in regular maintenance work to your building now can significantly reduce your longer term costs.

Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants

If the cost of a Rainwater Goods maintenance service is a financial problem, the National Churches Trust, with its partner the Pilgrim Trust, can offer grants towards the cost of your building’s first gutter clearance service. You could receive either £250 for services costing between £500 and £1000 - or - £500 for services costing over £1000.

Churches are only eligible to apply for a Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant if they book a Rainwater Goods Maintenance Service through the MaintenanceBooker system. Applications from churches with small congregations, or limited financial means, will be prioritised.

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. Once you have submitted a grant application online, you should usually hear if it has been successful within 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 Rainwater Goods Maintenance Service has been completed and you have been sent a copy of the final invoice. Email a copy to cicely.barnett@nationalchurchestrust.org to release the payment which will be made in to the place of worship’s account.

Access the application form and guidance note here!


Maintenance Grant Programme

For other maintenance projects, the National Churches Trust offers a Maintenance Grant Programme in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, with awards of between £500 and £3,000 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings.

These maintenance issues/repairs must have been identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or service report by a Rainwater Goods Maintenance Plus service contractor, and be costed between £1,000 and £10,000.

Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works.

There are 3 decision rounds each year. Deadline dates can be found on the NCT Maintenance Grants page.


Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme

The Listed Places of Worship (LPW) Grant Scheme 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 LPWS has paid out £151m since its inception and assisted over 13,000 buildings. The LPW 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 LPW Grant Scheme 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.