Last updated 20th November 2023
Grants for churches are available from many organisations and the list on this page contains details for some of the more well known ones. The links will give you details of eligibility and the application process. Before making any applications ensure that you check the deadlines for applications and read the relevant guidelines as well as advice on the relevant pages.
Resources for Funding Help and Advice
Grants and fundraising advice to help churches achieve Carbon Net Zero
See below for various grants and fundraising advice to help churches reach Net Zero
Listed Places of Worship VAT reclaimation scheme
The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme gives grants covering the VAT on repairs of over £1,000 to listed buildings used as places of worship. Click here for more details and to apply.
Churches that are not listed do not qualify for this grant but could apply for VAT relief for any works which improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Click here for more details.
National Lottery Grants
The National Lottery Heritage Fund offer grants from £3,000 to £5 million to listed church buildings. Applications must have a strong community focus and align with the 10 year heritage strategy which can be viewed here.
The National Lottery Community Fund has two funding streams, one for under £10,000 and one for over £10,000. They offer grants to churches for community based projects which can include refurbishing community facilities.
Parish Vision Fund
Parishes can apply to the Diocese of Blackburn's Parish Vision Fund for grants to help parishes with work related to Vision 2026. You can find more information including criteria for applications and the application form here
The Church Buildings Council
The Church Buildings Council offers grants for several types of works to churches. These include:
The Benefact Trust (formally All Churches Trust)
The Benefact Trust has three grants which may be of interest to churches.
The National Churches Trust
National Churches Trust Grant programme supports a wide variety of projects to help churches, people and local communities from repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet. There are 3 grant programmes but to be eligible for any of them you must have the necessary permission and 50% of the required funding in place (which can include any VAT you are eligible to reclaim through the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme).
Please contact email@example.com or call 020 7227 1933 to speak to the grants team if you have any questions regarding grant programmes.
Garfield Weston Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation provides funds towards simple but practical projects that enable religious buildings to be used for an inclusive range of charitable purposes by their local communities. Capital grants include funds towards the instillation of basic amenities such as lavatories and kitchen facilities and for restoration works to historic church buildings.