Funding and Training

Examples Please?

Looking for examples of community businesses located within places of worship

The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance are working with The Plunkett Foundation and a number of other church and community support organisations to look at how places of worship can accommodate community businesses that sustain and improve services for local residents - as well opening the doors of much valued buildings in the process. There are some good examples of such enterprises trading in places of worship already - including shops, cafes and even accommodation. Our ambition is to see more communities and places of worship taking up this opportunity and will keep you updated with this project as it progresses.

In the  meantime, please could you send us details of any examples you know of where this is an existing  community business located within a place of worship or where a community business is directly supported by a place of worship even if it operates from another premises.. For this purpose, we are defining a community business as community enterprises that are owned and run democratically by members of the community, on behalf of the community. You can read more here

Please send any examples to Joanne Balmforth (Connexional Conservation Officer) and/or Becky Payne at the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance

 You might also be interested to read the recent report published by the Plunkett Foundation into community shops and pubs 'A Better form of Business'.


Grant Sources and Funding Information for Historic Places of Worship

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Information about the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme can be found at Please note that this scheme has now been extended until March 2021

Community buildings, places of worship and faith groups - a guide for constituents (National Assembly for Wales). This funding guide outlines and signposts sources of financial assistance available to organisations and groups for the construction, development and maintenance of community buildings and places of worship. This guide also includes sources of financial assistance available for faith groups in Wales.

Historic Environment Scotland - Grants and Funding - Explore the wide range of grants and funding available to projects that share Historic Environment Scotland's aims to protect and promote the historic environment of Scotland. 

The Heritage Funding Directory - Managed by The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Heritage Funding Directory is a free, easy-to-use guide to financial and other support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects. 

The National Churches Trust - The National Churches Trust now offer three types of grant - Cornerstone, Gateway and Foundation Grants for Maintenance. Full details can be found by going to the individual grant programme pages accessed via the above link, which also includes important information about deadline dates. The Trust also provides Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants for churches towards the cost of building maintenance services.

Allchurches Trust - The Trust support the repair, restoration and re-ordering of churches and cathedrals of many denominations, especially where these changes support wider community use and help those in need. They give grants to churches and charities running projects aimed at tackling homelessness, poverty and loneliness, and many other social issues.

Faith in Maintenance - In 2005 the Methodist Property Office and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) developed a training course for volunteers responsible for historic chapels. The scheme, entitled Faith in Maintenance, is a unique project that offers training and support to the thousands of volunteers from all faith groups who help to care for historic buildings. It aims to give these volunteers training in recognising potential problems, understanding the use of traditional materials and construction and tackling common maintenance problems, while at the same time encouraging more people to become actively involved in their local community's heritage and to appreciate the importance of historic places of worship. The courses, which are free to attend, offer a full day of training including practical sessions and professional speakers and access to a dedicated telephone advice service. 

You can find out more on the Society's website:


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