Grants are available for PCCs towards the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The grants are offered by The Wolfson Foundation and ChurchCare in partnership.
Recent grant recipients include churches as diverse as Everton St George, Kilmersdon in Somerset and Shorne in Kent.
Next closing date: Monday 12 September 2016 for a December funding decision.
There are two application deadlines each year, in spring and autumn, with grants awarded in June and December respectively.
Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish's engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building. We also look at the essential nature of the work required and the ability of the parish to contribute financially to the project. If offered, grants are available for 12 months from the date of the award, so parishes need to consider carefully when to submit an application so that they may benefit from the funding while work is in progress. Grants cannot be made for any work that has been completed by the time an offer may be made.
The criteria for consideration include the following:
- Your church must only be listed either Grade I or Grade II*
- You should not have benefited from a Wolfson Foundation grant in the previous five years
- 50% of the required funding needs to have been secured as 'cash in the bank' or pledges at point of application
Works eligible for funding support tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report (Category C may be funded exceptionally) such as:
- Roof repairs
- Masonry repairs
- Rainwater disposal and drainage
The following works are ineligible:
- Installation of facilities, e.g. WCs, access improvements, etc
- Any Category D (or lower) recommendation arising from a QI report
- Professional fees
- Renewal of heating and lighting
- Repairs to bells, organs and clock mechanisms
- VAT recovery
How to apply
If your church fulfils the eligibility criteria, please note the application is in two parts, both of which must be completed:
- Summary Description of Proposed Works designed to clarify information prior to completing the online application in Step 2. Failure to submit this may hinder progress of your application. You can download a Word template here.
- Online application form where it says Apply Here below; this will open a new window. If applying online may be a problem, please find someone willing to be the main point of contact to take on this responsibility.
You will need the following documents in support of an application:
- Summary description of proposed works (Step 1 above)
- Statement of most recently audited annual church accounts
- Supporting letter from your Archdeacon or proof of grant of Faculty
- Latest quinquennial inspection report
- High resolution photographs of the exterior and interior of your church (as separate jpg files)
- If available, plan and/or elevation of your church clearly showing the location of the proposed works (pdf format)
- Grant offer or other letter as appropriate from national heritage body - e.g. HLF