The grants we give currently range from a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £15,000, and are directly related to the cost of the project involved. Within the above limits, grants for churches are usually 15% of the project cost, to the nearest £100. Such arrangements are subject to constant review.
They will normally be for capital projects involving building work: repairs, improvements or extensions. We do not consider applications for help with projects costing over £1 million, nor do we consider funding for a small part of such larger projects.
We are also prepared to consider applications from church community projects for funding towards capital costs (but not for ongoing work).
We are also considering using our grants to ensure churches take professional advice (e.g. Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Site Management) in preparing for and undertaking building projects. Likewise, we ask to be advised of any work that has a positive environmental aspect (e.g. double glazing, building insulation, ground source heat exchange, solar panels). We are exploring making specific and additional grants for such work.
We are now considering applications quarterly. There are no deadlines: applications will be dealt with at the next quarterly meeting after they are received. Depending on applications received, we intend to distribute up to £100,000 a quarter.