This is a grant programme offered by the National Churches Trust that will support places of worship of any Christian denomination in undertaking vital repair works on buildings of all ages originally built as churches that may be listed or unlisted. For 2018, applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and from Baptist and Presbyterian churches are particularly welcomed.
Grant awards of up to £10,000 are available to support churches to develop high quality, well researched, sustainable projects through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions, and through developing plans up to RIBA stage 1, in advance of applying to a major Church heritage funder such as the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The grants are likely to be used to produce a report that will help progress the project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1 requirements, or to assist with the cost of staff time such as a project manager or a professional advisor. Grants will cover 50% of project costs with applicants demonstrating that the remaining 50% has already been raised either from reserves, other funders or fundraising initiatives.
Full eligibility and further details can be found in the Guidance Notes
The next deadline is the 29th August 2018.