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Funding for Church Buildings

When it comes to raising funds for your church buildings – whether it’s for urgent repairs, installation of toilets and kitchens, a re-ordering for a more community-friendly space, or conserving historic treasures, this section will guide you through your first steps.

Getting started

Who do you contact first? Below is a list of funders under useful headings to get you started. Once you get your first bag of money to jingle, it will help you attract other funders.

List of funders | PDF

The FUNDfinder computer program is easy to use and gives your paraish free access to funding advice and sources of funding.The Paraish Resources website also offers a list of funders offering charitable grants for churches.

FUNDfinder | Webpage 

Charitable grants for churches | PDF

Your strategy

Aspirations, needs, priorities, outcomes. All this ‘grant-speak’ can be daunting but you’ll soon get the hang of it. Take a look at the checklist below from the leader of a highly successful project in a modestly-sized church within a small village to help you focus on your own scheme. 

Strategy Checklist | PDF

Apply early

Funders such as the National Churches Trust like to see projects in their planning stages. Potential partners and funders will want to see a professional business plan for your project and your Statement of Significance is a good starting point.

Business Plan | PDF

Statement of Significance | PDF

Who can help?

Only a handful of funders can help with your particular project. That’s because each has strict criteria – usually found on their website. If you can’t match their requirements, it’s time to move on. You can view helpful presentations from the National Churches Trust and Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. They can help with both grants and advice on other funders. 

National Churches Trust | Weblink

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust | Weblink

Fundraising friends

When raising funds from your own resources, the obvious place to start is with your Friends Group. Don’t have one? The National Churches Trust has a downloadable resources pack is approved by the Charity Commission.

National Churches Trust | Weblink

Church Legacy | Weblink