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The National Churches Trust supports church and chapel buildings open for worship throughout the UK. It funds urgent repairs and modernisation, provides expert advice on church maintenance and on how churches can continue to serve local communities and promote church heritage and tourism.

The Cornerstone Grants programme is intended to support structural repairs and maintenance issues costing more than £100,000 or the installation of kitchen and toilets costing over £30,000.

Places of worship of any Christian denomination and age can apply. Applications will be considered from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK.

Applications from the Trust’s priority areas are encouraged: North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, though this is not to the exclusion of churches in other areas.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available for urgent structural repairs costed at more than £100,000 including VAT.

Projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT, will also be considered.

Please note that grants will cover up to 50% of the project costs.

The deadline for applications is 4 November 2019 deadline. Decisions will be made in March 2020.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for urgent and essential structural repair projects to buildings that were originally built as churches, or the installation of kitchen and toilets over £30,000.

The Fund will prioritise:

  • Work to architecturally and historically significant buildings

  • Applications from regions identified as priority areas: Northern Ireland, Wales and the North East of England

  • Urgent structural repair projects (as identified in a recent QIR or building survey as required within two years), with a focus on buildings that are at risk

  • Installation of kitchens and toilets where a strong need can be demonstrated

  • Places of worship that can demonstrate a suitable maintenance system is in place to protect the investment

  • Places of worship with regular opening hours

  • Places of worship that can demonstrate strong community engagement and sound plans for economic viability.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 4 November 2019 deadline. Decisions will be made in March 2020.

Guidance notes and the online application form are available on the Trust's website.



Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    The National Churches Trust
    7 Tufton Street
    London
    SW1P 3QB
    Tel: 020 7222 0605
    Email: [email protected]

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