Church Conservation Grants

Church Conservation Grants

The William & Jane Morris Fund award grants to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the UK for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs. This includes stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, internal monuments and tombs and wall paintings. The decorative feature, monument, etc must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris’s death). The deadline for applications is 31 March 2018. Details here.

Calor launches £50k rural grant scheme

Off-grid energy supplier Calor has announced a fund for 21 individual prize pots to support rural communities throughout the UK. Launched in 2017, past submissions included funding for community centres, village halls and sporting venues, as well as the installation of fibre broadband into an off-grid village. Applications open on 20 March however those wishing to register their interest can do so here.

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St John’s Church, Workington

Tuesday 13th March at 2.00pm, 

Open Meeting of West Coast Church Maintenance Co-op – A look back at St John’s South Roof Re-slating Project.

The church was awarded a grant from the LPOW Roof Repair Fund in 2016. Come and discover how re-slating a simple roof turned out to be more complicated than expected and hear tips and advice from the project.

Refreshments will be served. Please come and join us.

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This is a new service from the National Churches Trust (link) which makes it easier for churches, chapels and historic buildings to book maintenance services using professional and experienced contractors. The scheme is being rolled out nationwide in April. Janet Edmund the Maintenance Manager for the NCT will be giving a presentation of the scheme on Wednesday 21st March, 11am – 1pm in Penrith. Venue TBA depending on numbers. Please let me know if you wish to attend.

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Roof Alarms

Lead theft – Sadly attempts have been made to steal new lead from a church roof in the north east of the Diocese, causing damage to the building. Roof alarm systems can be fitted and there are several benefits to doing so (link).

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The future for Church buildings?

The Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals (link)

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Ecclesiastical Insurance

To celebrate their 130th anniversary they are offering to donate £130 to your church when a new home insurance policy is taken out. (Link)

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Heritage Lottery Fund Consultation

Heritage Lottery Fund – are making changes to their grant making (link). They are currently consulting on how National Lottery money will be spent between 2019 – 2024. Your views are key to keeping church buildings a priority (link).

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Launch of £5million Anniversary Fund

In celebration of their 60th anniversary, the Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new one-off fund of £5million to support Capital projects to provide new or improved facilities for local communities across the UK.  The Fund will close for applications on 30th June 2018 but they wish to give charities plenty of notice so they have chance to develop their plans. You can find the guidelines on our anniversary website where there is a specific section on the fund –


Garfield Weston are keen to receive applications from across the UK. Here is a short summary of the fund:


  • One-off grants scheme in 2018 to support Capital projects to benefit local communities across the UK.
  • Open to UK registered charities, places of worship and state schools only.
  • Grants range from £30,000-£150,000.
  • Simple online application process.
  • Applications are now open and close on 30th June 2018.
  • You can still apply to the Fund even if your organisation is currently in receipt of a grant from, or has been rejected by, the Garfield Weston Foundation within the past 12 months.
  • One application only accepted to the Weston Anniversary Fund per organisation.
  • If relevant, planning permission must be secured prior to our closing date of the 30th June 2018.
  • Grants must be spent and projects completed by 31st December 2020.
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Governments vision and strategy for Heritage and the Historic Environment

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Heritage Lottery Fund Changes for 2018

The HLF have announced some interim changes to our grant making. As we move towards a new Strategic Funding Framework in early 2019, our Board has agreed that the next financial year 2018/19 will be a transitional year. This, along with other developments and a continued reduction in National Lottery funding, provides the context for our planning moving forward.

As you have recently had/or are in the process of receiving project enquiry advice we are aware that you may be considering an application for submission under our Heritage Grants programme and wanted to let you know that there are changes to application dates for this programme that may be applicable to you.

Applications for a grant of under £1m will be decided by the regional Committee, and applications for grants over £1m will be decided by our Board of Trustees. There are three application deadlines for decisions in the financial year 18/19 and the deadlines for Heritage Grants are available on our website at the links below. Applications under our new Strategic Framework will be open from January 2019.

North West Committee

Board of Trustees

With continued strong demand for our funding, we will be looking for best quality and applicants should expect competition for grants at every stage of the grant application process.

Further context and information about these changes can be found on our website at:

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