Grant funding latest

Funding news

On this page you will find some of the latest information on grant funding we have received. The details on this page are only a small proportion of the funders that may be available to support your church/project. Gary Watson is available to discuss your project/grant funding needs and will be able to provide a tailored list of funders specific to your project.

For the latest information, advice and support for giving, please visit our Giving latest webpage.

National Churches Trust: free online workshop

Funding Regular Maintenance, Urgent Repairs, Project Development & Facilities Installation

  • Monday, 25 October 2021, 11.00 – 12.00 - fully booked
  • Monday, 29 November 2021, 11:00 - 12:00 - book your free place

An introduction to the Grant Programmes at the National Churches Trust, which provide grants for maintenance and urgent repairs, for projects costing between £500 and over £100,000.

The session will cover: What the Grants Programmes fund; Which is the right Grant Programme for your project; What you will need to have in place to be able to apply; How to apply; Timescales & deadlines; What makes a good application; What happens after you submit an application.

Culture Recovery Fund Round 3 - Resource Grant

The Continuity Support Fund

Historic England is working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver this new round of CRF funding. The fund will boost those that have already received support from the Culture Recovery Fund. Only previous recipients of CRF funding can apply.  Deadline: 29 October 2021, 12.00 noon.

For more information and guidance on how to apply, see the Historic England 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

National Heritage Memorial Scheme

The National Heritage Memorial Fund has been set up to support important heritage assets in the UK that are at risk due to the impact of COVID-19 and is expected to remain open until April 2023.  The fund will support historic buildings as well as other heritage items.  Costs to safeguard a heritage asset which is at risk include urgent conservation work necessary due to COVID-19, investment to resolve maintenance backlog/deficit, condition surveys and associated professional fees.  The NHMF wants to be considered as a fund of last resort and applicants must demonstrate that they have explored all other options for funding their costs when they apply.

Apply via the National Heritage Memorial Scheme website

National Emergencies Trust: Local Action Fund

This Local Action Fund, with Crowdfunder UK, will help community organisations overcome the effects of Covid-19 such as inability to fundraise in the usual ways, reductions in staff and volunteers, and increased demand on their services.  Support is offered to churches if the funded activity is not deemed to be proselytizing.  Up to £10,000 in match-funding to launch new local initiatives or continue existing services.

Deadline for applications : 22 October 2021.

Apply to the Local Action Fund

Somerset Community Foundation: Festive Fund

Grants of up to £300 for community groups based in Somerset (not North Somerset or BANES) to provide food and/or festive activities for isolated people between December 2021 and January 2022.

Deadline: 29 October 2021, 5.00 pm

Apply via the Somerset Community Foundation website

ASDA Foundation: Bringing Communities Back Together

The fund aims to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness, and support groups as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across the UK. Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available to either get activities back on track such as gardening clubs, lunch clubs and recreational activities; or hold a get-together event such as a welcome back party or community celebration; or a combination of the two.  Groups which can apply include PTAs, local community groups, charity, Community Interest Group, sports groups, not-for-profit, elderly clubs, lunch clubs, arts/crafts/hobby groups, etc.  Applications forms are available from ASDA stores.

Deadline: 1 November 2021 to submit applications instore to an Asda Community Champion.

For more information, visit the ASDA Foundation 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


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

Somerset Mental Health Alliance: Open Mental Health Community Grants

Charities, CICs, social enterprises, unincorporated groups and other voluntary sector organisations can apply for funding for projects which improve the mental health and wellbeing of residents in Somerset.  Grants of up to £15,000 for projects which support those affected by moderate to severe mental ill health.  Local groups/individuals who are not constituted can apply for grants of up to £2,000.

Projects could include suicide prevention support, hearing voices groups, and counselling.  Projects involving partnership and collaborative working are encouraged, along with applications from under-represented groups.  Funding will support both capital & revenue costs.

Deadline for grants over £2,000: 13 October 2021.

Applications for grants of £2,000 and under can be submitted at any time.

Apply via the Spark Somerset website

Wessex Water Community Fund

Grants of up to £3,000 for groups that improve the lives of local people, especially those most in need of support with priority given to smaller groups who work in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation and/or work to help people on low incomes manage their finances.

Deadline: 22 October 2021 12.00 noon

Groups in Somerset: apply via Somerset Community Foundation

Groups in BANES and North Somerset: apply via Quartet Community Foundation

Aviva Community Fund

Funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups for innovative ideas that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, through Community resilience or Financial capability & inclusion.  The project must also raise funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group.

Applications on a continuous basis, reviewed every three months.  Applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder to which Aviva employees can donate funds.  Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

 Apply via the Aviva Community Fund website

National Churches Trust: Cornerstone Grants

Listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, can apply for a grant towards the cost of urgent structural repairs.  Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available for projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT.  Also considered are projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use where the cost is more than £30,000 including VAT.  All grants will represent a maximum of 50% of the project cost.

Deadline: 1 November 2021

Apply via the National Churches Trust website

National Churches Trust: Gateway Grants

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants are also available e for for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects costing between £10,000 and £100,000. Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs for this phase.

Deadline: 13 January 2022

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

Somerset Community Foundation: Adult Wellbeing Fund

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for groups in Somerset (not North Somerset or BANES) which usually run on less than £500,000 a year and run a group or project to help adults (aged 18 - 65) maintain their own health and wellbeing, eg a therapeutic gardening or art group, befriending scheme, peer support group.  Grants can be used to help pay for staff, activities and project costs.  Applications are more likely to be successful if your group is based in a more disadvantaged community, works with people facing bigger challenges than others eg rural areas, works with other groups in your area and has not received money from Somerset Community Foundation in the last year.  The grant needs to be spent within one year.

Deadline: 12 November 2021, 5.00 pm

Apply via the Somerset Community Foundation website

Somerset Community Foundation: Older People's Fund

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for groups in Somerset (not North Somerset or BANES) which usually run on less than £500,000 a year and run groups or projects to help older people (usually aged over 65) age well and feel part of their community, eg a friendship club, active living group or transport scheme.  Grants can be used to help pay for staff, activities and project costs.  Applications are more likely to be successful if your group is based in a more disadvantaged community, works with people facing bigger challenges than others eg disabilities or conditions such as dementia, actively works with other groups in your area and has not received money from Somerset Community Foundation in the last year.

Deadline: 12 November 2021, 5.00 pm

Apply via the Somerset Community Foundation website

Mendip Hills Fund

Grants or loans of up to £2,000 to support community and voluntary groups for projects that benefit communities and the environment of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) and the area defined by the Mendip Hills National Character Area (NCA 141), in one of the following categories:-

  • Conservation and enhancement of the landscape
  • Education and interpretation projects to increase awareness, understanding and enjoyment
  • Social and economic initiatives including enhancing community facilities and support for start up of social enterprises, eg local food initiatives

Deadline: 30 November 2021, 5.00 pm

Apply via the Somerset Community Foundation 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: 30 November 2021

Apply via the War Memorials Trust website

Comic Relief Community Fund

Grass roots, community led organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to deliver projects within four themes:-

  • A Safe Place To Be
  • Children Survive & Thrive
  • Fighting for Gender Justice
  • Mental Health Matters.

Up to £1,000 is available for capacity building and up to £9,000 for project delivery.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate how people with lived experience of the issues being tackled are involved in the organisation and the project.

Round 1 applications close November 2021

Apply via the Groundwork 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

Quartet Community Foundation: North Somerset Realising Potential Fund

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support community-based organisations addressing disadvantage in North Somerset.  The Fund will support local voluntary and community groups and organisations that strengthen and improve the capacity of the community and voluntary sector, or respond to the needs and aspirations of disadvantaged local people.

Apply at any time via the Quartet Community Foundation website

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.

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 C 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

Quartet Community Foundation: Express Grants

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

Who to contact

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