Deadline looms to apply for a National Churches Trust grant

If your church building needs repairs or improvement in order to better serve our community, your congregation might be eligible to receive funding through the National Churches Trust grants programme.

Acharacle Parish Church
One of the first imrovements for Acharacle Parish Church was this new door. Later work repaired window frames and ironwork.

The National Churches Trust runs three programmes that award grants ranging from £2,000 to £40,000 to support projects that:

  • Help maintain the UK's heritage of church buildings and enhance their ability to serve local communities
  • Promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and inspire everyone to value and enjoy them

Church of Scotland churches that have successfully applied for grants through the programme include: Acharacle Parish Church, Rousay Parish Church, Port of Menteith Church, Inveravon Parish Church, Craiglockhart Parish Church, Culross and Torryburn and many more.

Rev Fiona Ogg of Acharacle Parish Church said a National Churches Trust partnership grant of £2,500 supplemented fundraising efforts by church members and the local community.

“The restoration of the windows was one of the final parts of a long restoration project at Acharacle Parish Church,” Mrs Ogg said. “The windows took over well over three years to restore and cost many thousands of pounds.

“A local craftsman painstakingly restored and renewed the rotten woodwork and a specialist tackled restoration of the ironwork outside. A programme of planned maintenance is now being put in place to, hopefully, ensure that the windows do not deteriorate as much again.”

The deadline for this year’s round of funding applications is 12 September 2016. The Trust will review applications in December 2016.

Three different grants programmes

The Trust is taking applications for three grants programmes:

Community Grants range from £10,000 to £25,000. You can apply if your project has an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees ) and will enable increased community use of a place of worship. All types of community projects will be considered, but should include toilets or catering facilities.

Repair Grants range from £10,000 to £40,000 and can be used for urgent and essential structural repair projects with estimated costs of at least £100,000 (including VAT and fees).

The Project Viability and Project Development Grant pilot programme, is split into:

Viability Grants of up to £3,000 to help diagnose problems, assess opportunities, need and sustainable use.

Development Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to help churches prepare documents often required by large grant giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1, for example: business plans, activities plans, or condition reports.

In addition there are micro grants of £2,000 for churches awarded a National Churches Trust Community Grant to set up a social action project that meets the needs of local people.

Full details can be found on the National Churches Trust website.