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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 capital projects across all 3 funding streams. In a published update to the website this week (10 February) 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. 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.

Somerset County Council: Community Renewal Fund

This new Government funding scheme is aimed at inspiring communities to thrive and grow in the priority places identified – in Somerset, Mendip, Sedgemoor and South Somerset. Somerset County Council will be responsible for inviting, assessing, prioritising, and submitting bids to Government.

The Fund aims to support people and communities across the UK most in need to pilot programmes and new approaches, and will invest in: Skills; Community and place; Local business; Supporting people into employment.  Larger projects to maximise impact and deliverability (£500,000+) are encouraged.

The County Council will be inviting applications from partners, including voluntary and community groups, and is keen to engage to ensure a strong and cohesive bid.  If you have a church-led new or extension of an existing project which may fall under the ‘communities and place’ theme, please email Gary.

A webinar launch will take place on 7 April and thematic workshops on 12 and 13 April.

Deadline for local submissions to the County Council: 10 May 2021, 10.00 am

Read about the new fund

Visit the Somerset CRF website for information or to book for events.

COVID Relief grant funders

Arnold Clark Community Fund

Grants for UK registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  Winners are selected each month, so the earlier you apply the greater the chance of success.

Monthly deadlines until 31 May 2021

Apply via the Arnold Clark Community Fund 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.

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

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva has teamed up with Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community in either:

  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments by building inclusive and resilient communities; or
  • Financial capability and inclusion: promoting financially inclusive communities, where people can better manage their finances and avoid problem debt.

The project must be raising 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.

Next deadline: 7 April 2021

Apply on the Aviva Community Fund website

Veolia Environmental Trust

Community Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to constituted not-for-profit organisations and local authorities to create or improve buildings or outside spaces for the benefit of the community.

Environmental Improvement Grants of over £75,000 are available to Environmental Bodies that are enrolled with ENTRUST, the regulator of The Landfill Communities Fund, to enable landscape scale improvement projects such as habitat creation/management, and/or species protection.

Deadline: 15 April 2021, 12.00 noon

See the Postcode Checker for eligibility and apply via the Veolia Trust website

Steel Charitable Trust

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to registered charities in the UK working in the areas of arts and heritage, education, environment, health, or social and economic disadvantage.

Deadline: 20 April 2021

Apply via the Steel Charitable 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 towards developing a church building project.  Funding can also be used for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects.  Grants up to 50% of net project costs.

Deadline: 13 May 2021, 12.00 midnight

Apply via the National Churches Trust website

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 May 2021, for trustees meeting in June.

Apply on the Screwfix Foundation website

Biffa Award – Partnership Grants Scheme

Large grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations that are looking to improve a built or natural environment of regional or national significance and located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or active Biffa Landfill site and also within 10 miles of any licenced landfill site.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 1 June 2021, 12.00 noon (funding decision mid-November)

Apply via the Biffa Award 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: 5 July 2021

Apply via the National Churches Trust website

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

Home Instead Bring Joy Foundation: improving the lives of the elderly

Donations to charities, small grassroots organisations, and other not-for-profit groups that can demonstrate their commitment to creating activities designed to improve the lives of the elderly across the UK.  Small grassroots organisation can apply for funding up to £500 and small local registered charities can apply for funding of up to £1,500.  Larger grants can be considered for exceptional projects.  Funding for events, activities or pastimes that prevent social isolation and loneliness amongst adults over the age of 55 years.

This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

Apply via the Bring Joy 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

Morrison’s Foundation

Grants up to £25,000 to community projects that improve people’s lives.  Applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change.

Grants may be applied for by any charity which is registered with the Charity Commission (England and Wales) or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (Scotland). Applicants must also have raised some funding towards the project elsewhere.

Applications accepted at any time.

Apply via the Morrisons Foundation website

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

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

Postcode Community Trust/Localgiving: Magic Little Grants

Small charities and community groups with an annual income of below £250,000 or in their first year of operation can apply for grants of up to £500 to launch or strengthen their services.  Successful organisations will also be given a free annual membership with Localgiving worth £96 to access wider online fundraising services and training.

Open from 1 March to 31 October 2021

See the Localgiving website for information and join Localgiving in order to apply.

Tesco Bags of Help

Community groups and schools can apply for up to £1,000 for projects which benefit their local community, including: activities to support mental health; activities or equipment to reduce social isolation; equipment for village/community halls.

Apply via Tesco Bags of Help 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 on 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

Viridor Large Grants

Grants of up to £100,000 are available to non-profit organisations for community, biodiversity or heritage projects that benefit local communities in areas within the vicinity of a Viridor site in England (Castle Cary, Warpole nr Bridgwater, Sticklepath nr Wellington).

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Apply via the Viridor Credits website

Viridor Main Grants

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to non-profit organisations for community, biodiversity or heritage projects that benefit local communities in areas within the vicinity of a Viridor site in England.

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Apply via the Viridor Credits website

Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest

Grants of between £400 and £4,000 are available for voluntary and community organisations based, or working in, the south of England (from Devon to Kent and north to Bristol) for projects that improve their local area such as youth work, elderly, health and social care, arts and culture, conservation and the environment.

Deadline: 7 May 2021

Apply via the Hall and Woodhouse website

Society of Merchant Venturers

Registered charities and organisations with a charitable purpose within the greater Bristol area (former County of Avon) can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 which address: Social needs – elderly, homelessness, poverty, crime prevention; Youth; Education; Social enterprise; Health care; Culture & Arts; Environment; Bristol projects.

Deadline: 22 June 2021, 5.00 pm

Apply via the Society of Merchant Venturers 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

As always, for any queries and support with Giving or Funding please contact Gary Watson or Sue Whitehead