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ASDA: Bringing Communities Back Together Again

Is your church or any of its groups planning a celebration event to bring your community back together this summer?  If so and you are located near to an ASDA store, you could apply for their latest grant of between £250 - £1,000 to help pay for it and also to cover any costs of resuming your usual in-person activities.  This is an excellent opportunity for churches and church groups to reconnect with their communities and regular attendees, to celebrate being back together again.  Application forms are available from and must be submitted by an ASDA Community Champion at your local store.

Phase 1 deadline: 16 August 2021
(for events taking place between 1 July & 30 September 2021)

For more information see their criteria guidelines on the ASDA Foundation website.  

The Big Give Christmas Challenge match funding campaign

This campaign enables donations to participating charities given between 30 November 2021 midday (Giving Tuesday) and 7 December midday to be doubled, up to the threshold of the matching pot.  This could be useful for churches running capital projects.  Charities must be UK-registered with a Charity Commission number or tax-exempt status and minimum annual income of £25,000. Charities sign up by the deadline and secure pledges from key supporters towards the matching pot, ready to receive donations during the campaign week.  Charities are able to apply for up to £25,000 of Champion funds from a Big Give Champion.

Deadline to submit the application: 2 July 2021, 5.00 pm

Deadline to collect pledges: 27 August 2021, 5.00 pm

Visit the Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign webpage

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme extended

Nigel Huddleston MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at DCMS has announced that the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will be renewed this year on the same terms as it operated previously.  So churches will still be able to obtain a grant to recover the VAT on eligible repairs to listed buildings.  This scheme will continue to benefit listed places of worship across the country during these difficult times.  It will also help to ensure that they are able to reopen fully once it is safe to do so.

Visit the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme website

Capital funding now eligible with National Lottery Heritage Fund!

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has updated its eligibility criteria for applications for project funding through National Lottery Grants for Heritage, to include funding for urgent or emergency repairs as capital projects across all 3 funding streams. In a published update to the website (10 February 2021) they advise, “This marks a return to our core business, but it is not a return to ‘business as usual’”, referring to the fact they have revised their approach to what they will fund. Any application to cover the cost of these works would need to be part of a wider project of engagement with heritage - read the full advice.

The fund is again accepting applications for projects in the following categories:-

£3,000 – £10,000
£10,000 – £250,000
£250,000 – £5million.

Pre-application advice is available for projects over £10,000 by submitting a Project Enquiry form (£10k – £250k) or Expression of Interest form (EOI) (£250k+), both of which are available on the NLHF website. Previous applicants who submitted an EOI prior to the suspension of programmes in March 2020 will need to submit a new form which addresses their revised priorities 2021-22. View these revised priorities.

National Lottery Community Fund: Awards for All

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects costing up to £25,000 which help your community and help address prevalent social issues.  This can be a mixture of COVID-19 activities and general activities with which your church is involved. Funds new heating systems but not repairs.  Does not fund religion so make community based. Apply at any time.

Apply via the Awards for All website

COVID Relief grant funders

TNL Community Fund: Places Called Home Fund

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help improve community spaces and deliver sustainable and healthy activities for communities in the UK.  The £1.5 million fund, launched by the National Lottery in partnership with IKEA, aims to build on the energy, creativity and practices of communities coming together during the COVID-19 pandemic, through local activities and the renewal of community spaces. 

Deadline: 14 July 2021, or upon receipt of 1,500 applications, whichever comes first.

Apply via the TNL Community Fund website

UK Youth: Covid Resilience

UK Youth is offering grants of up to £50,000 to grassroots youth organisations that have suffered in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding is offered to facilitate the reopening and continuation of youth provision to pre-pandemic levels.

Deadline: 18 July 2021, midnight

Apply to the UK Youth Covid Resilience Fund

Volant Trust: COVID-19 Response Fund

Applications are accepted which demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups which have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Running and core costs as well as medical equipment and PPE. Funding levels at the discretion of the Trustees.

Deadline: 31 July 2021

Apply on the Volant Trust website

Somerset Coronavirus Rapid Response Fund

Funding from £100 – £1,000 to meet immediate needs in the community during the current lockdown.

Applications accepted at any time, with decisions every week

Apply via Somerset Community Foundation

Power to Change: Match Funding for Community Businesses Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to support new or existing community businesses responding to the COVID-19 crisis.  The scheme will help community businesses, providing services or activities which help local people experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the crisis, by match-funding for each £1 raised, to a maximum of £10,000.  Power to Change is keen to support new and existing projects in more deprived areas of the country, and to work with ethnically diverse individuals/business owners.

Applications can be made at any time until all the funding has been awarded.

Apply on the Power to Change website.

Quartet Community Foundation: Express Grants

Bristol, B&NES, N Somerset, S Gloucestershire.  £500 – £5,000.  Apply any time on the Quartet Community Foundation website.

Grants for capital and revenue funding

Allchurches Trust: Roof Protection Scheme

A scheme providing roof alarms to help prevent metal theft from churches has been extended to the end of 2020.  The Allchurches Roof Protection Scheme will fund up to 50 per cent of an alarm system’s cost up to a maximum of £2,500.

Grants can be made either direct to individual churches or group schemes through dioceses and local historic churches trusts.  The Allchurches Trust is advising that churches apply via a group scheme if there is one local to their area, as some local schemes have other funds available which can be added to the Allchurches grant.

Apply on the Allchurches Trust website on the Roof Alarm page

National Churches Trust: Gateway Grants

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places of worship towards developing a church building project costing up to £100,000 (including VAT and fees).  Funding can also be used for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects.  All grants will represent a maximum of 50% of the net project costs.

Deadline: 9 September 2021

Apply via the National Churches Trust website

National Churches Trust: Foundation Grants

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards the cost of urgent maintenance works and small repairs.  Project costs should be up to £10,000 excl VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs.  Applications accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship. 

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 

National Churches Trust: Preventative Maintenance Micro Grants

Listed and unlisted churches can apply for grants of up to £500 (excl VAT) towards the cost of building’s maintenance services.  The grant will cover up to 50% of the cost of works.  To be eligible, churches must book one of the following services through the MaintenanceBooker website: Rainwater goods maintenance; Lightning protection system repairs; Asbestos removal; Masonry repairs and high-level maintenance.  Churches must be open for regular public worship and located within an area covered by MaintenanceBooker services.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Apply via the National Churches Trust website

War Memorials Trust

 The War Memorials Trust provides grants for repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials.  These grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent decay.  Grants will normally be for between 25% and 75% of eligible costs.  The maximum grant is £5,000 for non-freestanding war memorials while freestanding, non-beneficiary war memorials may be considered up to a maximum grant of £30,000.

Deadline: 31 July 2021

 Apply via the War Memorials Trust website

National Lottery Community Fund: Local Connections Fund

Grants of £300 - £2,500 to small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) that are working to reduce loneliness by helping people build connections across their communities.  Round 2 will focus on:-

  • activities that physically bring people together in a safe and secure way
  • remote activities (when this is the best or only way for people to build connections)
  • helping individuals to get out of the ‘lockdown mentality’ and meet people in their communities again
  • helping organisations who work to reduce loneliness restart their activities.

The grants can be spent on: staff salaries; volunteer expenses; management costs; monitoring & evaluation; overheads; general project costs; small items of equipment, like a laptop.

Organisations that received funding in the first round, will not be eligible for funding in the second round.

Deadline: 6 August 2021, 5.00 pm

Apply via the TNL Community Fund website

Leche Trust

Through the Conservation funding stream, support for projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes from the Georgian period or earlier (pre-1830s).  Grants are encouraged for smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where the Trust’s contribution can make a greater impact.  Support for churches includes conservation of monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture & fittings.  Projects may include acquisition costs (for objects) and conservation surveys as well as remedial work.  Grants of up to £5,000. 

Deadline: 27 August 2021 

Apply via the Leche Trust website 

Childs Charitable Trust

Supports Christian UK registered and excepted charities and organisations with projects in the following categories:

  • Youth – projects working in schools and with vulnerable and disengaged young people.
  • Outreach – eg Church Plants; Overseas Mission; Training in Evangelism; Chaplaincy.
  • Society – social action and justice initiatives eg Counselling; night shelters; alcohol/drug rehabilitation; homelessness; or prison/ex-offenders work.
  • Education – Christian education.

The primary focus for grants in 2021 is on organisations which actively share the Christian gospel in their work.

Deadline: 31 August 2021

Apply via the Childs Charitable Trust website

William and Jane Morris Fund

The Fund accepts applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896 for grants of between £500 and £5,000 to carry out small programmes of conservation work to decorative features and monuments. Stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, internal monuments, tombs, wall paintings, etc. 

Deadline: 31 August 2021

Enovert Community Trust

The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects, such as improving community halls, creating new children’s play areas, restoring green spaces and habitats, and enhancing community sports and recreation facilities.  Funding is available to non-profit making organisations, constituted organisations or groups within 10 miles of a landfill site operated by Enovert or a waste facility managed by the company, including Bristol (BS16 9NN) and Weston-super-Mare (BS22 8NA).  Most grants are up to £50,000 but there are no maximum or minimum grant levels given.

To discuss the project before submitting it, contact Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary ahaymonds@enovertct.org 

Deadline: 10 September 2021

Apply via the Enovert website

Postcode Local Trust – West of England

Grants available for projects that serve your community addressing issues including mental wellbeing, poverty, equality, improving biodiversity, use of outdoor spaces & participation in the arts.  Grants up to £2,000 (excepted charities) or £20,000 (registered charities).

Available Monthly until October 2021.  Only the first 100 applications will be accepted each month.  Each new round opens on the 1st of the month and application is via online form (application questions can be downloaded in advance to help prepare your application).

Apply to the Postcode Local Trust

The Foyle Foundation: Small Grants Scheme

Supports smaller UK charities, especially those working at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Grants from £1,000 to £10,000.

Apply any time on the Foyle Foundation website.

Co-operative Bank: Customer Donation Fund 

Organisations such as Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies, Co-operatives and Credit Unions; etc. that have a Community Directplus account can apply for funding of up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund.  The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.  

Closing dates for applications: September and March. 

Apply to the Co-op Customer Donation Fund 

Calor Rural Community Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support school and community projects in rural communities in an off-grid location, that will improve local life.  Funding applied for must equate to 50% or more of the total project cost.  The public will vote for the application that they would like to see win a grant to select finalists, from which winners from each category will be selected.  Projects can be anything from schools, community centres, village halls and sporting venues to youth clubs and scout groups, initiatives to support the elderly, etc. 

Screwfix Foundation (UK)

Funding for projects that will fix, repair, maintain or improve properties and community buildings used by those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage.  Grants of up to £5,000 for all kinds of projects, but potentially most relevant in our diocese to funding works needed on church halls where these are used for activities that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Applications at any time.  Next quarterly review deadline: 14 August 2021, for trustees meeting in September.

Apply on the Screwfix Foundation website

Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)

Churches, community organisations, parish councils and schools in rural England that want to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to their communities, and also make money by selling it back to the grid, can apply for funding to investigate and install green energy; including solar battery storage, wind, hydro and geothermal heat projects.  The RCEF provides a feasibility grant of up to approximately £40,000; then viable proposals can apply for further grants up to £100,000.

For application procedures and timescales for the South West, email the South West Energy Hub

Apply to the Rural Community Energy Fund

Hinkley Point C Community Fund

Funding is available for projects which benefit of one or more communities in the county of Somerset experiencing residual and intangible impacts as a result of the construction of Hinkley Point C.  Projects may be designed to remove or reduce impact and improve the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of communities and improve quality of life.

Apply via the Hinkley Point Community Fund website

Groundwork/One Stop Community Partnership

Supports groups and organisations working to tackle food poverty or supporting the elderly within the local community.  One Stop stores will create partnerships with local community groups or charities to provide support for local good causes which could include funding, volunteering, fundraising and awareness raising.

Apply via the Groundwork/One Stop Community Partnership

National Lottery Community Fund: Partnerships

Grants of over £10,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in England which work together with a shared set of goals and values to help their community thrive.

Applications are accepted at any time.

Apply on the National Lottery Community Fund website

National Lottery Community Fund: Reaching Communities

Grants of over £10,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in England for projects that make positive changes in their communities.

Applications are accepted at any time – go to the National Lottery Fund website.

Quartet Community Foundation & Monica Trust: North Somerset Older People’s Community Grant

The aim of the Community Fund is to keep people independent and living into their own community for as long as possible, by helping individuals and families to buy the essential things they need or supporting them through a crisis. The average grant award size is £5,000. Applicants must be based and working in North Somerset, for the benefit of older people, and the project should aim to reduce social isolation. Priority will be given to smaller groups with an average income less than £500,000. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

Apply on the Quartet website

Further information on grant funding for churches

We are now putting the most recent details of funding opportunities on this webpage, usually updated weekly.

If you wish to be added to a list of churches interested in being kept in touch with any further information about funding opportunites for churches, email Sue.

Who to contact

For any queries and support with Giving or Funding please contact Gary Watson or Sue Whitehead