Church maintenance helps avoid church restoration. Modest amounts invested in maintenance now will lead to savings later. The CHCT, with help from the Tanner Trust, announces a scheme which will allow churches to replace slates, attend to gutters and down pipes (also called rainwater goods) and maintain drains.

The CHCT will offer immediate grants of £1000 or 20% of the cost of the scheme (including VAT) whichever is less. The scheme is closely aligned to the National Churches Trust (NCT) Maintenance Grant Programme, using the same criteria and a similar application form to encourage churches to act on small urgent maintenance issues. Initially we have 5 grants to offer in 2018 payable at start of work which should be completed by the end of 2019.

The main grant criteria are:

  • Work Identified by QI or report by gutter management contractor
  • Two quotes for the work must be obtained
  • Work costed between £1,000 and £10,000


The NCT will require you to have raised 50% of the total repair cost before you apply. The CHCT grant, with a further grant from elsewhere or a modest contribution from church funds will enable you to do this. The NCT are likely to offer you a grant of 50% of the cost of the project (less VAT) up to £3,000.

The CHCT experience is that the cost of the work on a medium sized Cornish parish church is £5,000 without VAT. VAT is probably reclaimable under the Listed Places of Worship (LPW) Grant Scheme.

In the example quoted for work costing £5,000:

  • CHCT Grant £1,000
  • NCT Grant £2,500
  • Shortfall £1,500


We hope that this initiative will help churches address the maintenance of their rainwater goods on the grounds that a “stitch in time saves nine”.

To apply download the CHCT Maintenance Application Form.

Further information about the National Churches Trust (NCT) Maintenance Grant Programme

NCT Leaflet Maintenance GUIDANCE NOTES 2018 rev June 18 can also be dowloaded here.