Funding and Training


Protecting our Places of Worship, Wednesday 6th November, Rochester Cathedral

This event is aimed at those responsible for the safety and security of places of worship of all faiths. It is free to attend but you must register in advance.

Taylor Review Pilot: ‘A Stitch in Time: Why maintenance and small repairs really matter’ on Saturday 23rd November 2019 in Suffolk and Greater Manchester

The Taylor Review Pilot is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and run by Historic England. The aim of the pilot is to test some of the recommendations of the 2017 Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals and to provide free support and advice for listed places of worship of all faiths and denominations.

Workshops are managed by Historic England and run by The Churches Conservation Trust.  

These are the links to the events for registration:

Booking is now OPEN! The 9th ‘Planning and Managing Major Buildings Projects’ training day is being organised to take place on Thursday 21st November 2019 Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Central Leeds. Organised by HRBA in partnership with Purcell Architects, the day covers the management of all stages of a building project in a place of worship, from developing your vision through to making sure benefits are achieved over the long term. Other presentations will include engaging with the wider community, fundraising, working with your architect and managing works once on site. 

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

FCC Community Action Fund, England

Grants between £2k and £100k are available for projects which involve the provision, maintenance or improvement of public amenities including community spaces in places of worship. Projects must be based within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility. Deadline 11 December 2019

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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