Apply for a Grant

The Northumbria Historic Churches Trust typically awards grants between £2,500 to £10,000.  Please see our Grants Awarded page for further information on these already approved.

Below is a link to complete your application, and further information you may find useful in your application process.

Check your eligibility here.

If you would like to discuss your application with our secretary please email

The application process is an online form which will save at each stage.
However you will need the following documents and information required in order to complete the application:

  • Name and contact details of 2nd contact
  • Financial information for the proposed project
  • Most recent church accounts
  • Latest quinquennial ( or equivalent) report
  • External and internal photographs of the Church illustrating the repair need where possible
  • Safeguarding Policy

To see the list of questions you are required to answer before starting your application, please view our Pre-application Information List.

Continue Application

Once submitted you will receive a confirmation email for your records. Please retain any reference number included on this email.

In 2024 our Grant Application Deadlines are:

Mon 14 Oct 2024 for meeting date Thur 24 Oct 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. We will consider grants from both listed and unlisted churches; churches do not need to be historic and we fund repairs to churches that date from the 20th century.

We accept applications year round, and applications are normally determined 3 times a year at our trustee meetings. The deadline for the next round of applications will be shown can be found above

We fund a wide range of projects from stonework repair to new heating and electrical installations, and from new toilet facilities to stonework and roof repairs. Click here for more detailed information on eligibility and projects we cover.

Unfortunately not, we will only consider applications for work yet to begin, unless a church discovers an unexpected and therefore unfunded need for repairs, such as rotten structures revealed during roof repair.  Please consult the Secretary in such instances at

In exceptional circumstances the trustees may consider an application outside of the usual timeframe. If you feel your project may be urgent please contact our secretary on before completing your application.

Generally speaking, no.  There may be specialist funding streams elsewhere for organ repair.  Repairs to clocks and bells may best be funded through local fund-raising as they are features of the wider community.  However we may be able to support repairs to towers and/or housing containing these features.  Please consult our Secretary for advice -

Capital for NHCT purposes is money set aside which is not normally expected to be required for the Church's annual running costs.  It may be invested or held in the bank. It would normally include reserves, as recommneded by the Charity Commission to be held as emergency running costs.   Please tell us how much is held in reserves.  Other capital may be restricted and not available for the church's building project - but please explain what purpose it is restricted for.  Please tell us the amount of any other capital that can be used for the project and whether earmarked wholly or partially for something else. 

Applications from individual Churches will normally be considered only once in three years.

You can claim for your grant as soon as your expenditure exceeds the grant amount, as such you do not necessarily need to wait until the work is complete. 

With our larger grants we can pay the grant in stages depending on the phasing of your project. This will be asked within the claim form. 

We expect that all grants are claimed within 2 years of been awarded; if this is an issue please contact us.

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