Supporting over 16,000 cathedral and church buildings of The Church of England

Grants for Major Fabric Repairs

The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund 2016-2018

The latest round of grant applications closed on Tuesday 27 September 2016. Grant offers will be made in November 2016 and claims will need to be made by the end of February 2018. NB there will be no possibility of carrying over funding after the end of March 2018 as under government rules all payments must relate to work carried out or costs incurred before this date.

For detailed application criteria click here. If you have a query please contact the Secretariat, details below.

Applications are made online. To make an application or access a previously completed or started application form click here. For a list of the application form questions and an explanation of what documents will need to be uploaded click here.

What was the scheme for?

  1. To carry out necessary repair works to the fabric of the listed Anglican and Catholic cathedral churches in England. Repairs will have been identified by the architect or surveyor responsible for the cathedral. In the case of Anglican cathedrals this will usually be through the Quinquennial Inspection. Alternatively works may be recommended by the architect or surveyor in a statement of need. The works should be necessary to keep the building wind-proof and weather-tight, safe and open to the public.
  2. To carry out repairs to prevent further deterioration of the fabric of the listed building.
  3. To ensure the listed buildings are in a good and safe state of repair in order to host events commemorating WW1.

Who could apply?

Any listed Anglican or Catholic cathedral in England. Applications may be submitted by cathedral staff, clergy, or by an officially affiliated ‘Friends’ organisation.

Applications should be for a minimum of £10,000. There is no maximum grant limit but grants of more than £500,000 are likely to be exceptional.

How were applications assessed?

Applications for grants are assessed by an independent expert panel using the following criteria:

  1. Necessity of the repair and consideration of the further damage which might be caused by delay.
  2. The heritage significance of the listed building.
  3. Financial need.

The Secretariat for the scheme, including applications from Catholic cathedrals, is the Church of England’s Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division at Church House. Contacts are:

Anne Locke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 020 7898 1862

Becky Clark: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 020 7898 1888