If you are associated with a church in need of restoration or repair (of any denomination) we may be able to help.
Church Friend membership – a Church Friend applying for a grant has the benefit of a maximum possible offer increased from £4,000 to £5,000 as well as being directed to other grant funding bodies which have helped with similar projects. We very much hope that every church in the Duchy will become a Friend. Contact our membership secretary for more information
Restoration & Repair Grants
We will consider helping any church, chapel or meeting house of any denomination belonging to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland which is open for worship. Unfortunately we cannot help closed churches or chapels.
Have a look at Previous Grants Awarded to see the churches we have helped and the variety of projects we have supported. The process is very simple, and not time consuming. Download a grant application form; there are four to choose from depending on the denomination of your church (C of E, RC, Methodist, or Independent). Then fill in the form on your computer, and email it back to the Secretary (his email details are on the form) as an attachment together with the supporting documentation requested.
Our Trust Deed states that our funds are applied for "the preservation and maintenance, improvement, upkeep, beautification and reconstruction of churches in Cornwall and of monuments, fittings, fixtures, stained glass, furniture, ornaments and chattels in churches and churchyards".
However, our resources are limited and therefore at present we prioritise our activities to structural work on roofs, rainwater goods, followed by electrical safety and heating systems.
As indicated above, we also support work on windows, monuments, paintings and clocks.
The Trust does not repair bells and organs, but it will help if the surrounding structure is involved. For example, often bell frames are an integral part of the tower, and we do consider helping with those.
We do not usually support new build kitchens and toilets, or re-ordering.
We do not provide funding for boundary walls unless they form part of the church building itself.
We do not fund car parks.
Process & Timescales
Once we have received the form, then arrangements will be made for your church to be visited, and a member of the Trust will discuss your project with you and see exactly what it is your church needs. The Trustees meet to consider Grants in February, May and October in each year. To be processed, Grant Applications should be submitted to the Hon. Secretary by the 1st. January, 1st. May and 1st September in each year. At the moment our maximum grant is £4,000, or £5,000 for signed up Friends of Cornish Churches.
If you have any questions, then please contact the Secretary.
Application Forms for Repair & Restoration Grants
To download, click on the appropriate form below
Immediate Grants For Maintenance Work
Church maintenance helps avoid church restoration. Modest amounts invested in maintenance now will lead to savings later. The CHCT has a scheme which will allow churches to replace slates, attend to gutters and down pipes (also called rainwater goods) and maintain drains.
Other useful information
The current list of approved Architects and Surveyors and other advice on repair, restoration, maintenance and updating of your church can be found on the Truro Diocese website.
Latest Grants Awarded
St Mary’s, Launceston
Repair work to clock – £2,000
St John the Evangelist, Treslothan
Urgent roof repairs – £1,000
St Michael’s, Budehaven
Repairs to bellcote – £2,000
St Sampson, South Hill
Window repairs – £3,000
St Martin of Tours, Werrington
New Boiler – £1,500
St Pol de Leon, Paul
Repairs to two windows – £1,000
The National Churches Trust
The National Churches Trust support places of worship from all Christian denominations across the country through funding, advice and other initiatives. They currently offer grants for between £500 - £50,000 to help maintain, repair and update buildings.
You can find out more by visiting their website:
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