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 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 Upcoming deadlines include are:
- 5 November 2018 (decision in March 2019)
- 4 March 2019 (decision in July 2019)
- 1 July 2019 (decision in November 2019)
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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