The HLF has over £375m annually and all of their main funding streams are open to churches, often the oldest or most significant building in a local place.
The HLF fund a range of heritage projects, activities and events in churches, including:
- Conservation of organs, bells, clocks, paintings, stained glass, textiles and sculpture;
- Projects which increase access to heritage, such as guide books or exhibitions;
- Digital projects to create videos, podcasts, oral histories and online content.
This link highlights the range of HLF funding streams to which churches can apply.
What is a heritage 'project' and how will it fund my church repairs?
The HLF encourages churches to think creatively about meeting conservation needs whilst creating a sustainable future for the church building.
One option is to roll the church repair costs into a wider building development project. The University Church of St Mary the Virgin (Oxford) is a good example of how this can be achieved - click here to find out how.
The links below provide some more case studies of innovative, HLF-funded church projects which have helped more people to access and enjoy our church buildings.