Fund title: ChurchCare
Focus of fund/fund aims:
Grants to support parishes in the conservation and repair of historic church buildings and their contents
ChurchCare is the Church of England’s national resource, providing advice, support and funding for people caring for church buildings. ChurchCare works in partnership with various grant-giving bodies to provide funding for church projects.
The grants provide support for Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) for the conservation of church buildings and their historic contents. Grants are made specifically for the following:
Conservation Reports – initial grants to assist with the commissioning of conservation reports, including environmental surveys and other technical investigations
Bells – for the conservation of all bells and bell frames identified by the Church Buildings Council as being of historic significance
Books and manuscripts – for the conservation of historical books and manuscripts
Clocks – for the conservation of mechanical clocks
Church plate – grants are available for the repair of church plate to ensure its regular use by congregations
Churchyard structures – for the conservation of walls, monuments etc which are listed separately from the church building and sited in churchyards which are the responsibility of the PCC
Fabric repairs – towards the costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches
Metalwork – for the conservation of decorative metalwork of artistic or historical interest
Monuments – for the conservation of monuments of artistic or historical significance
Organs – for the conservation of organs and organ cases
Paintings and wall paintings – wall paintings and paintings on canvas or wood are eligible for grant aid provided they are of artistic and historical significance and in need of urgent repair
Stained glass – grants for the conservation of stained glass and historical plain glazing
Textiles – grants for the conservation of textiles or artistic or historical interest
Timberwork – grants for the conservation of timberwork
Most grants are for up to £8,000. There are separate deadlines for each grant scheme.
ChurchCare also provides information on other sources of funding for church projects.