National Churches Trust – Gateway Grant Programme
Grants from £3,000 to £10,000 for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects costing between £10,000 and £100,000. Also grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts for projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity or that deliver new ways of supporting churches.
Eligibility criteria for churches
We will consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. We continue to encourage applications from our priority areas – North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, this is not to the exclusion of churches in other areas.
The application process begins with an eligibility quiz. If you cannot answer yes to each question your application will not be successful.
The questions include:
- Is yours a Christian place of worship (but not a cathedral) within the UK, and open for at least six services of public worship each year?
- Do you own the building or have the right to carry out the work? If the church is not part of a major denomination then is the denomination registered with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, or has it got charitable status?
- Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally and is it more than 30 years old? And are the works that this phase will inform, be either directly to the building or attached to it?
- Is the building open to the public for a minimum of 100 days a year beyond worship use?
- Have you already raised at least 50% of this phase of the total project cost?
- Is the project yet to start (we don’t accept applications for projects that have already started)?
- Are two quotes in place for each element of the work in this application?
- If already appointed – is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation from a recognised institution if it is a listed building? (please review the guidance note for more detail)
How to apply for churches
Before applying – be sure to first read the Guidance Notes below. The Guidance contains notes on the scoring criteria, advice on completing the application form, a list of supporting documents that will be required from you, and details of the terms and conditions of any grant award made etc.
Deadline: 13 January