Funding for Church Projects

Whether you are considering fundraising for repairs, a re-ordering scheme, community project or a missional project of some sort, this section is intended to help signpost you to the right kind of information to suit your project.

This is not an exhaustive list of funders but is an excellent starting point for your funding search by providing links to directories that are regularly updated and information on local sources of funding. Remember all funders will expect you to contribute towards the cost of your project so make sure you have good local fundraising activities as well.

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Emergency Funding for COVID

COVID Funding

AllChurches Trust produce a directory of funders during the pandemic. This is regularly updated.

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage (Second Round)

Administered jointly by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) this stream has £36m available, in grants from £10k to £3m. It is predominantly revenue funding to support re-opening, but there are elements of capital that can be included – such as minor repairs and maintenance needed to make the building safe for visitors. The focus of CRF2 is very much on re-opening and welcoming people back – whether visitors, communities or commercial partners. If you look after a listed place of worship you … can apply for funding towards the costs necessary to transition towards full reopening of your listed building to the general public and engage the wider community with your heritage. You cannot apply for funding to undertake work that would be categorised as promotion of your faith or capital projects, such as major repairs. Applications for CRF2 open on 7th January 2021 and close on 26th January 2021, and must be made via the online form on the Heritage Fund website. Any grants awarded will have to be spent by the end of June 2021.

National Funding Directory for Churches

National List of Charitable Grants for Churches

The Church Buildings Council produce a comprehensive directory of external funders who will give funding for churches which can be found at the link above. It is updated every few months. Grants available are grouped into sections according to activity or funder as follows:

- Conservation, Preservation, Heritage & Restoration
- Bells, Organs, Windows & Other Specific Funding
- Community Projects / Improved Facilities
- Environmental & Sustainability Projects
- Christian / Religious Activities
- Landfill Communities Fund
- Lottery Funding Available
- Sources of Information

Worcester and West Midlands Funders

Below are funders that exclusively work in the West Midlands so are not included in the national guide.

Worcester & Dudley Historic Churches Trust

The Trust awards relatively small financial grants for the repair, preservation and refurbishment of Christian places of worship in Worcestershire and Dudley only. We consider applications for assistance with major items of maintenance and repair to the structure and fabric of places of worship of architectural significance (not necessarily old) of all Christian denominations. Our current priority in awarding grants is the repair or replacement of the external fabric of the building – walls, roof, windows and rainwater goods to ensure a building is watertight and so prevent further deterioration; we also may award a grant for safety reasons e.g. the repair or replacement of lightning conductors. At present our modest grants are usually for £500 only.

Droitwich Preservation Trust

No website phone 01905 796677

They give small grants to stimulate public interest in the preservation of architectural and other amenities of the county of Worcestershire.

Worcestershire Councillors' Divisional Fund

A Worcestershire Councillors' Divisional Fund (WCDF) has been created to enable local members to access money to help local initiatives and support 'good works' which play an important role in promoting the economic, social and environmental well-being of communities within Worcestershire. Each of the 57 members of the Council have an allocation of £10,000 (per financial year), to spend on locally-determined initiatives within their Divisions. They have reasonable discretion as to how to spend their allocation, as long as they are lawful for the Council, rational and are properly recorded. The WCDF is aimed at one-off items of expenditure or supporting community activity, local and national charities or voluntary organisations within the local Division. Formal applications for bids to the WCDF can only be submitted by the local County Councillor; however, individuals or organisations can contact their local Councillor and seek support from the Fund. If you do want to contact your Councillor for support, it would be helpful if you could provide them information on how support from the WCDF would promote or improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of the local area, or those people within it.


Worcester City council small community grants

1. One Worcester Community Grants

The One Worcester Community Grants is open to community groups and voluntary sector organisations working across the city of Worcester. Up to £2,000 in match funding is available from this grant. The focus of this grant scheme is to support project; To connect more people to opportunities in the areas of learning skills, training and employment To empower individuals, groups and organisations with capacity and skills to enable them to better identify their needs and play a fuller part in contributing to their own well-being and development For further information on the grant and helpful tips and advice please see the One Worcester Community Grant Guidance Notes.

2. Strong and Connected Communities Grant

Worcester City Council recognises the importance of volunteering in building strong and connected communities. A focus of this grants pot will be to support organisations to increase the role and value of volunteering in their own individual organisations and the communities in which we serve. We recognise that many organisations are already undertaking fantastic work in the promotion of volunteering and we want to support this. Therefore this grant will match fund pound for pound (up to a maximum of £1,000) projects that increase volunteering within Worcester City. We would particularly welcome applications from organisations who work with communities who may be under represented in volunteering within the City. For further information on the grant and helpful tips and advice please see the Application Guidance SACC document.

The Big Local DY10 HBG

Their small grants programme has reopened and is now taking general applications for community projects from individuals and voluntary organisations working within the area. Projects MUST be within the Big Local DY10 HBG area and for the benefit of residents of that area which is the Horsefair and parts of Broadwaters and Greenhill. Individuals who are under 16 years old and live, work, study or volunteer in the area can apply for up to £100. Individuals 16+ can apply for up to £1,000. Not-for-profit organisations working in the area may apply for up to £2,000. The beneficiaries of any project must be the residents of the Big Local DY10 area. They are working to get grant decisions made as quickly as possible. All applications will receive a response within eight days.

Worcestershire Community Foundation

The Community Foundation run a number of focussed grants in partnership with others, for what they are currently funding see the website.

Laslett's Hinton Charity Grants

Every 3 months the Trustees of Laslett's Hinton Charity meet to discuss the many Grant Applications they receive. They will consider making modest Grants to local organisations and charities who fulfil the following criteria:

Churches assisting in the repair and restoration of churches and chapels connected with the established Church of England.

Organisations who assist poor, aged or infirm people as the Trustees think fit. Grants of up to £5,000 are usually given.

Severn Trent Community Fund

The fund is overseen by the Community Fund Panel, who review applications on a quarterly basis, the Community Fund Panel will meet for the first time in March 2020 and we will be giving out our first grants to local community projects from April 2020. Themes are:

People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills

Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use

Environment: Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water. We’re unable to support political or religious causes, however we will consider religious organisations if projects are for wider community benefit and not faith based.

Biffa Awards (Landfill grants)

Biffa works in many parts of the Diocese but you need to use their postcode checker to see if you are eligible to apply. They have four streams of funding of which community buildings is the most relevant. Projects under the Community Buildings theme include those which improve buildings at the heart of their communities – such as village halls, community centres and church halls. They can include building refurbishments and internal works to kitchens, toilets, roofs, flooring, window, doors and heating systems. Applications from churches must be able to demonstrate a wider community use and benefit – such as youth groups, special interest groups, exercise groups etc. Under this theme an applicant will have to show evidence of wider community use, involvement and consultation.

William Adlington Cadbury Charitable Trust

Amongst many other things, the William Adlington Cadbury Charitable Trust funds the conservation of the environment, including the preservation of listed buildings and monuments, in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Rowlands Trust

For all enquiries please contact

Charity able to make small grants for the restoration and maintenance of Anglican church buildings in West and South Midlands including Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester, Shropshire and Birmingham. Must enquire direct with the Trust initially in order to obtain an application form.

Other Resources

Crossing the Threshold Toolkit

Advice and guidance on all aspects of undertaking church projects including fundraising. This all-new toolkit is a free resource available to anyone to download. It breaks down projects into three key stages:

- Preparing the Ground,
- Looking at Your Options,
- Delivering Your Project.

With numerous case studies, top tips and end-of-chapter checklists, as well as advice from experts in their fields, and with input and expertise from a range of national church organisations, this practical document draws upon the lessons learned from recent church projects of all denominations across the UK.

Mission & Mortar Toolkit

Are you looking for ways of increasing the use of your church buildings, to respond to changing times and in response to new forms of mission. Every church and parish is unique, and if you have aspirations to better use your church building for mission in your community, the chances are there are already resources out there to help you but finding them isn’t easy – and nor is knowing where to start. The Mission and Mortar toolkit will point you in the right direction.

Maintenance Matters Toolkit

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings has run two projects that champion volunteer-led maintenance in places of worship, Faith in Maintenance and the Maintenance Co-operatives Project. Volunteers looking for information on how to care for their community's faith building can use our Maintenance Checklist for Places of Worship, a joint project between the SPAB, the National Churches Trust and Historic England. The checklist is divided into five categories to facilitate maintenance checks: roofs, rainwater goods, exteriors, interiors and building services. There are video guides that will guide volunteers through their maintenance checks.

Historic Religious Buildings Alliance

HRBA bring together those working for a secure future for historic religious buildings. Their e-newsletter is free and is sent out once a month and is packed with important and useful information to keep you informed about the future of historic religious buildings, government policies and funding opportunities. They also have a page with a comprehensive list of resources.

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