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National Lottery Heritage Funding for Places of Worship

Thanks to National Lottery players, since 1995 we have invested more than £970million in places of worship across the UK.

Their funding has helped to conserve and restore buildings so that they can be enjoyed by the wider community. With our support, thousands of people of all faiths have brought the heritage of their place of worship to life.

The places of worship we support help local and wider communities to engage with heritage. We fund:

  • activities that connect people with heritage


  • activities that connect people with heritage and include some capital repair works to historic fabric

The historic fabric of a building is the original or historically significant building materials or construction.


The Fund wants to see places of worship working in partnership with other local organisations so they can build their capacity, embed their projects in the local community and deliver more long-term impacts. They like to see faith groups working with non-faith groups. This can strengthen the faith group by bringing extra skills and capacity to the project, and ensure the project is owned and valued by the whole community. These new partnerships can have long-lasting benefits for the place of worship.

They do not fund projects that are solely for repairs or alterations to historic fabric.

What sort of project might they fund?

  • exploring the building and bringing it to life through new interpretation, alongside necessary repair works
  • running heritage learning activities and community events, and creating space for them by carrying out minor alterations to the fabric
  • exploring, conserving and interpreting the biodiversity of external spaces including graveyards and cemeteries
  • providing better access to heritage by digital means
  • community events to involve people in recording the removal, repair and reinstallation of bells, organs, hatchments and benefactor boards, alongside the repairs
  • opportunities for people to learn about the art in places of worship, alongside a programme of conservation, such as stained glass, memorials and monuments, wall paintings, statues, historic fixtures or graffiti
  • discovery, conservation and learning about the creatures that live in the building, such as bats or birds of prey
  • activities to help your group manage heritage more effectively, such as researching existing and new audiences, or trying new approaches to fundraising or income generation


Find out more and how to apply on their website.

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