Diocese of Hereford Funding Directory


Funding Directory:

This is not an exhaustive list of funders, but is (hopefully!) an excellent starting point for your funding search. There are three main sections to this page:

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund - the National Lottery Heritage Fund is an important funder for many church projects undertaking extensive repairs.
  • Funding Portals - these are links to external websites offering a database of potential grant funding organisations.
  • Individual Funding Organisations - individual funders whom you may wish to consider approaching as part of your funding package.

Below is a useful reminder from the Diocese of Sheffield that searching for grant funding is a team effort!

Stewardship Series - build a grants team from The National Stewardship Team on Vimeo.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

In January 2019 the Heritage Lottery Fund rebranded itself as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and amended it's various grant schemes. How much grant money you are seeking from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will determine which application form and when you can apply:

1) National Lottery Heritage Grants for £3,000 to £10,000 (Small)

2) National Lottery Heritage Grants for £10,000 to £250,000 (Medium)

3) National Lottery Heritage Grants for £250,000 to £5 million. (Large)

If you are applying for a small grant (up to £10,000) or a Medium grant of up to £100,000, then there are no application deadlines: you can submit your application when you're ready. 

If you wish to apply for a Medium grant of over £100,000, or for a Large grant, then there are (roughly) quarterly deadlines for applications.

If you wish to apply for a Large grant, you will need to complete an Expression of Interest form first, where you can explain what you'd like to do as your project, and then if this is deemed as suitable, the National Lottery Heritage Fund will invite you to submit a full application.

All National Lottery Heritage Grant projects need to meet certain outcomesFollow this link for a list of outcomes and how you might measure them.

Any potential project applicant can also complete an Enquiry Form, where you explain what your project will do, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund will assess the idea and confirm which grant scheme is most appropriate for your project, and they'll also point out some important points to consider when completing your application. (This is really useful.) Submitting an Enquiry Form does not commit you to submitting an application. It is just a way of finding out if your project idea has potential, and we encourage all potential applicants to the National Lottery heritage Fund to do this.

Funding Portals

The following websites offer links to numerous grant funders whom it might be worth approaching for your project:

Parish Resources

The Parish Resources website offers links to various funding organisations, and is organised by project-type, as follows:

Conservation, Preservation, Heritage & Restoration

Bells, Organs, Windows and other Specific Items

Community Projects and Improved Facilities

Christian / Religious Activities

Landfill Communities Fund

Lottery Funding

Herefordshire Council Funding Directory

For Church Projects

For Any Projects

Individual Funding Organisations

ACRE - Action with Communities in Rural England
Village Hall Improvement Fund - Open to Church Halls that:
- are in towns or villages with a population of under 10,000,
- have at least 21 years left on any lease of the building,
- and the hall is open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in situ, they are not single use and they are clearly advertised as multi- purpose.

This two-stage application process offers up to 20% of total project costs (maximum grant = £75,000). 

For further eligibility information click here

For further information about the application process, and to apply, click here.

AllChurches Trust:https://www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund
Typically offers between £1,000 and £5,000

AllChurches Trust - Roof Alarm Fundhttps://www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund/roof-alarm-grants/
(Extended until the end of 2020). Funding towards 50% of roof alarm systems (maximum grant £2,500.)

Churches Conservation Foundation - Small Grants Programme: http://www.churchesconservation.org/small-grants-programme/
This is for repairs to the fabric and contents of historic listed churches and chapels that would not normally be undertaken in the regular cycle of repair and maintenance, including archives held within the church. Examples include conservation work to listed headstones and tombs, monuments, wall paintings, rood screens, fonts, carved stonework, stained glass and altar cloths. 

ChurchCare: http://www.churchcare.co.uk/churches/funding-and-grants/our-grants
Runs (in partnership with other grant giving bodies) schemes that will consider applications for conservation reports, bells, clocks, churchyard structures, fabric repairs, metalwork, monuments, organs, paintings and wall paintings, textiles and timberwork.

Garfield Weston: https://garfieldweston.org/what-we-support/faith/
Capital grants for buildings, most frequently amenities such as lavatories and kitchen facilities and restoration works to historic church buildings.

Historic Churches Trust:
The two main trusts projects from the Diocese of Hereford can apply to (depending upon your location) are:
- Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust: http://www.hhct.co.uk/grants-and-loans-made-2/
- Shropshire Historic Churches Trust: http://www.shropshirehct.org.uk/AboutUs/Grants.aspx
- Worcestershire Historic Churches Trust: https://www.worcesteranddudleyhistoricchurches.org.uk/index.php?page=apply-for-a-grant(Being local, it's always worth chatting to these funders by telephone first, before making an enquiry.)

Lasletts Hinton Charity Grants: http://www.lasletts.org.uk/grants.html
Assisting in the repair and restoration of churches

Listed Places of Worship Scheme (VAT): http://www.lpwscheme.org.uk/
If your church building is listed (visit https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/ to check) then you can apply to this scheme for a grant that covers the VAT incurred in the making of repairs to listed places of worship. (Scheme confirmed to run until March 2021)

National Churches Trust: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants The National Churches Trust is changing its grants programme in 2019, and will offer three distinct funding schemes:

Foundation Grants - Grants of £500 - £3,000
The Foundation Grant Programme offers grants of between £500 and £3,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should not exceed £10,000.

Gateway Grants - Grants of £3,000 - £10,000
The Gateway Grant Programme offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project costs for this phase.

Cornerstone Grants - Grants of £10,000 - £50,000
The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT.

For further information about these changes visit the National Churches Trust.

National Lottery Community Fund: Awards for All: Awards for All
Grants of between £300 and £10,000, for community-led projects. (Useful for community consultation exercises.)

National Lottery Community Fund: Reaching Communities. Reaching Communities make grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. Grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. Projects can seek funding towards project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

In particular, they're keen to see projects that:
- bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
- improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- enable more people to fulfill their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

On Organ Fund
For the restoration of pipe organs in the UK: http://www.onorganfund.org.uk/

Ouseley Church Music Trust
Offers grants to individuals for helping them access scholarships or bursaries, but will also consider applications for:

  • Purchase of liturgical music
  • Other projects (e.g., outreach) of an innovative kind that are likely to further the object of the Trust in a direct and effective way. In very exceptional circumstances, these may include music commissions.

Contact: http://www.ouseleytrust.org.uk/procedure.html#FAO

The Sharpe Trust

Grants towards the restoration of church bells: http://www.sharpetrustees.org.uk/trust.htm

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation: http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/grants/
Will consider applications for revenue funding and capital funding from projects in rural areas (with a population of less than 10,000)

Welsh Church Act Fund
This fund is for churches based in Wales, with contact details as follows:
- Powys: https://communityfoundationwales.org.uk/grants/powys-welsh-church-act-fund/- Monmouthshire: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/welsh-church-fund

William and Jane Morris Fund
Fund for the conservation of decorative features and monuments (but not structural repairs): https://www.sal.org.uk/grants/morris-fund-conservation-grants/

Worshipful Company of Glaziers
Grants for the conservation and restoration of stained glass: http://glazierscompany.org.uk/conservation-grants/