The Trust gives careful and sympathetic consideration to requests for help. This includes a visit to the building and discussions with those involved in the proposed work. We work in association with the National Churches Trust (NCT). Places of worship continue to be invited to submit applications for grants.
Our next Trustees’ meeting will be on 26th July 2023 so please submit applications for grants by 16th June for consideration at that meeting.
Our grants help to cover repairs to the main fabric of the church – walls, roof, windows, floor, drainage – and to help with improvements and alterations to facilities and access to allow greater community use. Over the last twelve months the average amount awarded to each project was £1,886.
Who can apply? Our support is for churches and chapels that are open for Christian worship in the historic county of Somerset.Policy & Guidelines
For how much? Grants of up to £5,000 can be awarded, but most are between £1,000 to £5,000 based on what is available for distribution.View case studies
To apply for a grant for your Somerset church or chapel, first read our Policy and Guidelines and then complete the application form or click here to download the formGrant Application Form
If you have any queries, before completing the form, email the Grants Secretary here.
Much damage can be caused simply as a result of poor maintenance. Implementing a schedule of regular maintenance is a great help in avoiding such damage and costly repairs. Guidance on church building maintenance can be found on the website of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Also through the National Churches Trust ‘Support & Advice’ page, and at the Church of England’s ChurchCare website under ‘Guidance & Advice – Looking after your church’.Support our work
Read about some of the successful applicants and how the Trust has helped them repair, alter and improve their churches and chapels.Find out more
We greatly value our members and we do expect that churches and chapels receiving our grants will be, or will become members of the Trust.Find out more