The Trust’s principal purpose is to help churches with the cost of repairs (although to do this we also need to raise money). We offer grants of up to £5,000, payable on completion of the repairs.

To be eligible for a grant, these are the main points you must satisfy.

  • Christian (any denomination) place of worship currently in use, located in the area covered by the Church of England dioceses of Durham and Newcastle.
  • Of historic interest, usually meaning a “listed building” but unlisted churches may also qualify
  • Repairs to the structure of the building, carried out to an appropriate standard
  • Work not yet started

Grant applications are welcome at any time, and unless urgent, will normally be considered at the next scheduled quarterly meeting of the Board of Trustees. However, at the moment we are meeting virtually, and completed grant applications are being  considered as they come in.  Grant offers are made by letter and are subject to a number of conditions.

You will find more details about eligibility, etc. in the Guidance Notes.  Applications should be made in writing using the Application Form (PDF), and you also need to be aware of the Standard Conditions of offers. Those thinking about applying for help towards electrical work should also be aware of the Special conditions which normally apply in such cases.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their case with the Secretary before completing the application form: this can save a lot of time and we may be able to help in completing the application.  The Secretary’s contact details are here.

As a trusted partner of the National Churches Trust, we have access to a number of additional grants for projects as part of the Partnership Grants Programme. The Programme has provided over £1 million in grant funding towards repairs at churches and chapels over the last five years, and can now support some installation of facilities. Applications should be made directly to us following our usual application procedure as described above.