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East Devon District Council

We have some funding available to Parochial Church Councils for the maintenance of churchyards, for example, grass cutting. The maximum grant available is 75p for every elector within the Parish. For more information contact Carol Hawkins, chawkins@eastdevon.gov.uk or phone 01395 517435.

Heritage Lottery Repair Grants for Places of Worship

The Heritage Lottery Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme is for urgent repairs to the fabric of the building only and is open to all listed places of worship which are in regular use as public places of worship. £10,000 to £250,000 grants.

The Church and Community Fund (CCF)

CCF has grants of up to £15,000 available for projects that take churches out into the community and strengthen the relationship between the church and community. Projects supported by the CCF may include: employing a youth worker, renovating an old church hall for use as a community centre or providing hot meals for the homeless in a church room. The projects must be run by parish churches, deaneries, dioceses and other bodies connected to or working in partnership with the Church of England. Applications are considered at quarterly trustees’ meetings. For more information phone 0207 898 1791.

The Anchor Foundation

Funding of between £500 and £10,000 a year from the Anchor Foundation is available to Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts. Funding can be awarded for up to three years, and can be capital (e.g. chairs, repairs) or revenue funding (for example, running costs, salaries).

Church care

You can find a comprehensive guide to funders who support churches by making grants and information on funding for bells, organs and significant tombs in churchyards and churchyard furnishings at ChurchCare.

The Funds for Historic Buildings  

You can also search the Funds for Historic buildings database  by entering your basic details on the use of your religious building (regularly used for worship or changing to different uses). This searchable database includes grant making trusts that may support churches.

The Heritage Alliance

You can also search on Heritage Funding Directory which is a comprehensive database including sections on historic churches and other buildings, plus churchyards and cemeteries.

The National Churches Trust

Church repairs are costly with the average bill at around £128,000 according to The Historic Churches Preservation Trust. The National Churches Trust makes grants.

The Leonard Laity Stoate charity

The Leonard Laity Stoate Charity has grants of up to £2,000 available to provide support for Methodist churches and organisations and other charities. It supports medical and disability, disadvantage, youth and children, Methodism, other churches, community projects and environmental projects.

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Grants are available from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers for bell restoration.

The Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Rowntree Charitable Trust has grants available for promoting racial justice and social welfare. They are also particularly interested in funding the work of Quakers (Society of Friends). However, they do tend to fund on a national level.

The St Andrew’s Conservation Trust

The St Andrew's Conservation Trust has funding available for the conservation, preservation and restoration of sculptures, monuments and other historic artefacts which are on or attached to a church, or owned by a charity and to which the public has access. For more information write to: S R V Pomeroy, Chair, St Andrew’s Conservation Trust, Duddle Farm, Nr Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QL.

The William and Jane Morris Fund

Grants of up to £1,000 from The William and Jane Morris Fund are available for churches, chapels and places of worship built before 1896. The grants are generally for work concerned with decorative features. For more information  phone 020 7479 7080.