Criteria and process


You can download a file about the  criteria and process for the application for a grant here:Criteria and Process or see below:



 One of the primary purposes of the Trust is to award financial grants for the repair, preservation and refurbishment of Christian places of worship in Worcestershire and Dudley.  We are happy to consider applications towards major items of maintenance and repair to the structure and fabric of places of worship of all Christian denominations.  This can include lighting, heating, decoration and developments to render the buildings more user-friendly for religious and community use.  These grants are made for the place of worship building itself.  We do not give grants for church halls, ancillary buildings or graveyards.  Also grants are not available from the trust for work on organs, bells or furnishings, but may be made for the cost of preliminary work such as archaeological surveys etc.  Please note that ‘historic’ does not necessarily mean old.

 Applications should be made before the actual work begins, but usually after the planning stage is complete and appropriate permission has been obtained, although early warning of pending works, prior to formal application is helpful to the trust’s future planning.  We do not consider grants for work already completed.  A trustee will visit the site after consideration of the project by the trustees at one of their quarterly meetings and the provisional offer of a grant. Confirmation of the offer will be subject to a satisfactory report to the trustees from this visit.

 Among the criteria which the trustees will take into account when considering an application will be the pastoral importance and the significance of the building to the community in which it is situated as well as its historical, architectural and artistic merits.. Consent from the denominational authority for the repair and maintenance of the place of worship will need to be sought. The existence of a regular congregation is important as is community use.  We are interested in the resources and moneys available to the congregation and in the efforts made locally and nationally to raise the necessary funds.  Obviously funds already in hand or promised are taken into account when the Trust makes the offer of a grant.  If EH, HLF or LPW Roof Grant authorities are involved, copies of their decisions should be included with the application.

 Past and future participation in the annual National Ride and Stride event is important to us, both as a place to be visited and in recruiting sponsored walkers and cyclists from the congregation. Places of worship receiving a grant will be expected to support the Trust for as least five years.  The current subscription is £25.  They will also be asked to display a certificate from the Trust in the church.  A regular maintenance plan for the building is required, a copy to be deposited with the Trust.

 Completed application forms should be accompanied by a ‘statement of significance’, a copy of the architect’s report and estimates (or equivalent), the accounts for the last financial year and, if possible, by coloured photographs of the church, chapel or meeting house and the proposed work.

 Application forms are available to download here