The National Churches Trust’s Cornerstone Grants programme awards 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 average grant in 2019 was in the region of £15,000 with the largest grant in recent years not exceeding £40,000.
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. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost.
To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that:
- The building is a Christian place of worship (but not a cathedral) within the UK, and open for at least six services of public worship each year.
- They own the building or have the right to carry out the work. If the church is not part of a major denomination, then the denomination must be registered with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or have charitable status.
- The place of worship was built as a place of worship originally and is more than 30 years old.
- The works must be to the main church building either directly part of the building or attached to it.
- The building is open to the public for a minimum of 100 days a year beyond worship use or it will be following project completion.
- They have already raised at least 50% of the total project cost.
- The project is being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation from a recognised institution if it is a listed building.
- Have all the necessary permissions approved and in place before applying, including permissions from their governing body and local planning authority if planning permission and/or listed building consent is also required.
Deadline: Continuous rolling programme. See funder’s website for upcoming trustees’ meeting deadlines.
This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Find out more’ and contact the funder for more information.
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