Finding grants

Online databases to search for grants

Further resources

  • Open 4 Funding (Previously known as GrantNet). You can search a database of funders including trusts, government grants etc, on the Diocese of Chester website. The Diocese of Chester and Manchester share a license so it is free for parishes to register and provides a quick and easy search for funding 
  • Funds for Historic Buildings. A free searchable database for finding grants for buildings
  • The Heritage Alliance Funding Directory. A free searchable database for finding grants for buildings
  • Shrinking the Footprint, Church of England. A list of grants supportive of environmental sustainability projects such as energy efficiency and renewal energy
  • Funding Central. A free database for finding grant-making trusts for organisations under £100,000 annual turnover, or £100 subscription cost if over
  • Charity Commission. As well as looking at the websites of specific grant-making trusts, it's also useful to look them up on the Charity Commission website. Enter the trust's name in the purple 'Charity Search' box. It provides a wealth of information to inform your application.
  • Cheshire related grants (and national list). A selection of local and national grant-making trusts are listed on the Cheshire Community Action website
  • Wirral related grants. A searchable database of local and national grant-making trusts is available through the Merseyside Information Funding Portal
  • Other local sources of funding- see if your local Community Voluntary Service and local council have a funding page on their website
  • Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust is one of a number of local grant-making trusts. Contact Emily Allen, Church Buildings Development Officer, for more suggestions. E:

Government funding

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

The HLF is the largest grant provider for repairs, improvements and heritage engagement for heritage in the UK, including places of worship, open to both grade listed and unlisted buildings.

  • Policy direction following public consultation, November 2018. Two short publications that detail the new policy direction for HLF for the period 2019-2024, (5 year plan)
  • HLF grant programmes. The current grant programmes are all closing in January 2019. An announcement of the new grant programmes for the period 2019-2024 will be made in early 2019. You can sign up to HLF's  e-newsletter to receive updates directly- see homepage on the website
  • HLF guidance for places of worship  This page provides top tips on applying. Although this briefing is for cathedrals, the advice is relevant to all churches
  • HLF community forums. These are useful discussion forums to pick up top tips.


Please note you must follow the national guidance; this includes tendering for any architect fees over £10,000 (at least 3 quotes are needed). For further advice, see the Building Projects section of this Fundraising Guide

Need further assistance?

Get in touch with Emily Allen, Church Buildings Development Officer, E: Also, for ideas for heritage engagement activities, keep an eye on the HLF blog for telling your story

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