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 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 maintenance services and fabric repairs available to book through MaintenanceBooker.

You could receive either £250 for services costing between £500 and £1000 - or - £500 for services costing over £1000.

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 High Level Maintenance (from March 2019)

Applications from churches booking their first service through MaintenanceBooker, 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 service has been completed and you have been sent a copy of the final invoice. Email a copy to to release the payment which will be made in to the place of worship’s account.

Access the application form and guidance note here!

Foundation Grant Programme

The Foundation Grant Programme will open soon – please keep an eye on the NCT Foundation Grants page for the latest information.

The Foundation Grant Programme will offer grants of between £500 and £3,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report by a Rainwater Goods Maintenance Plus service contractor. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should not exceed £10,000.

Further information will be available (including full eligibility criteria, guidance notes, questions and a link to the online application form) by December.

The first deadline will be 24 January 2019 for a decision in March 2019.

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.