Heritage Lottery Fund
sponsored by ecclesiastical
Supporting over 16,000 cathedral and church buildings of The Church of England

Heritage Lottery Fund

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.  

Case Studies

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.

St Margaret, Birmingham - awarded £700,000

All Saints, Winterton, Lincolnshire - awarded £36,000

St Peter, Ipswich - awarded £772,000

St Mary in the Castle, Hastings - awarded £25,000

All Saints, Silkeston, Barnsley - awarded £175,000

Annesley Old Church, East Midlands - awarded £450,000

St Peter, Sandwich, Kent - awarded £39,200

St Mary Old Quay, Ipswich - awarded £68,500

St James, Somerton, Bicester - awarded £50,000

Newcastle Cathedral - awarded £250,000

All Souls, Bolton - awarded £3.3 million

St Edward, Knighton, East Radnor - awarded £75,900

St Mary, Ickworth, Suffolk - awarded £714,500

Hexham Abbey, Northumberland - awarded £1.8 million