Funding Guidance

Our Trust awards grants ranging from a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £25,000.  All grants are  directly related to the cost of the project involved.  Within the above limits, the maximum percentage is 25% of the total project cost, to the nearest £100.  The level of grant awarded is at the Trustees discretion and will depend on the denomination of the Church and type of work being undertaken.  All arrangements are subject to periodic review.

Grants approved will normally be for capital projects involving building work: repairs, improvements or extensions. We are unable to consider grant applications for assistance with projects in excess of  £1 million, nor are we able to consider funding for a small part of such larger projects.

We are also able  to consider applications from church community projects for funding towards capital costs (but not for ongoing work).

We do encourage churches to take professional advice (e.g. Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Site Management) in preparing for and undertaking building projects.  These costs can be included in the total project costs when applying for a grant.

All applications received are considered quarterly; March, June, September and December of each calendar year .  Applications closure dates for each quarterly review date are displayed on this website.  Depending on applications received, we distribute up to £290,000 towards approved projects each quarter.

Please note that we are not able to award grants to organisations based outside of  the United Kingdom or for the following:

a)  Running costs of the church

b) Organ and Church bells restoration

c)  Conservation/restoration of works of art

d) Manse works

e) Graveyard maintenance

f) Stand alone solar panels and/or defined environmental projects