Apply now for National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants

Could your church benefit form a National Churches Trust Maintenance Grant?

Grants of £500 to £3,000 are available to carry out structural repairs identified as urgent within the latest Quinquennial Inspection Report. Churches must have raised at least 50% of the cost of the repairs before applying and must be open for at least 40 days per year outside the hours of public worship. Churches do not need to be Listed to apply for funding under this programme.

Michael Murray, Head of Church Support at the National Churches Trust writes: “For Maintenance Grants especially, we’ve made some changes in 2018 that should help churches engage. We’re opening the programme to unlisted churches, and we’ve extended the funding range to £500 - £3000, with min 50% match funding required. I hope that some of your churches may have a project in advanced preparation, where the NCT grant can put them over the top and get them going on a maintenance or small repair job.

“In 2017, we awarded 54 grants with an average grant size of £2053. The most common maintenance jobs receiving support were rainwater goods, roof repairs, repointing / rendering, stone repairs. Grants were also awarded for glazing, drainage, floors and other internal structural repairs/maintenance.”

Heritage Officer Ian Simpson is here to advise and assist all churches in Liverpool Diocese with grant applications for all aspects of repairs and major building projects. He is contactable by email and telephone 0151 705 2127.