The Trust now awards grants ranging from a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £25,000. These are directly related to the cost of the project involved. Within the above limits, the maximum percentage project cost is 25%, 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. 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 would 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.
We are now considering applications quarterly. 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.
Please note we do NOT award grants to organisations based outside the UK 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