This screen allows you to review your application prior to final submission. Once you press "Submit" your form will be sent to us and we will see your application. You will receive a confirmation email with a copy of all your answers.


We are unable to return a form to you once you have clicked "Submit". In the event you have submitted too early and have additional information to include, please email including the name of the place of worship in the title bar.

*Location and official name or dedication of the place of worship

Please give the city, town or village name followed by a comma, then the official name or dedication for the church or chapel, e.g. FARNHAM, St Mary or MORECAMBE, Central Methodist Church
*Full title and name of the main contact for the application

From left to right, use the 1st box for title, 2nd for first name and 3rd for surname.
Main contact postal address
*Address 1:      
  Address 2:    
  Address 3:    
*Main contact email address

We will use email to correspond with the applicant if any questions arise.
*Main contact telephone number

We may call the applicant with questions concerning the application if they arise.
Main contact's role or job title at place of worship

For example: churchwarden, Elder, incumbent, fundraiser, Trustee, Treasurer, volunteer etc.
*Address of the place of worship including postcode
  If the place of worship does not have a postcode, please enter the postcode of the nearest building Address2:    
Website address for the place of worship

Charity registration number

See help note for further information
*Select the denomination for the place of worship

*Select the name of the diocese, if applicable

Select the relevant Diocese if it features. If not select 'Other', or, if it is not applicable select 'Not Applicable'.
*Enter the listing designation of the place of worship as I, II*, II, A, B, B+, B1 or C

If the building is unlisted write 'Unlisted' or if it is locally listed write 'Local'.
*Historic and architectural description of the building

Give a brief history of the building including key dates and architects, and any important features or notable connections [Max. 2000 characters]
*For repair projects: please outline the project as - cause - effect - remedy, making sure to include details of the repairs, location in the building, and materials.
For faciltities projects: please detail the changes or additions that will take place and where in the building (you can tell us about the need and impacts in questions below)

Identify the current condition of the area of work and urgency as evidenced in a QI/survey report. Identify any project phasing. If the application is for kitchens and toilets, describe current facilities. Click "?" for more info [Max. 2500 characters]
*Please tick all of the following elements that apply to the project

*What is the estimated project start date for these works (month / year)?

Use the drop-down boxes to enter month and year. Precise timings may be uncertain at this point, but try to give a realistic idea
*Outline why the project needs National Churches Trust funding?

The problem that needs addressing as evidenced by the QI/survey report, or the current limitations of the building. Outline local and financial need, reflecting on IMD & consultation findings. Is the work driven by necessity [Max. 2000 characters]
*Is there a Friends' Group dedicated to supporting the place of worship? Select YES/NO

If YES please upload Friends' Accounts at the end of this application. Click "?" for more info
*If the main accounts show unrestricted funds after meeting running costs, that are not available or that cannot be used for this project, please explain what they are earmarked for or why they cannot be used.

If the accounts to not clearly state the reserves policy, include that here [Max. 255 characters]
*Select the region the place of worship is located in

Click "?" for direction on regions
*Select one of the following options that best describes the area surrounding the place of worship

*If the place of worship features on a Heritage or Buildings at Risk Register, or has been advised for inclusion at the next revision of the register, please note the condition or category level it is featured at

Please state 'not at risk' if the building is not featured on a register, or 'unknown' if this information is not known. For entries outside of England, please upload a copy of the entry at the end of the application form. Click "?" for the levels
*On average, how many communal acts of worship, e.g. services, are held inside the place of worship each month?

Enter one whole number. This question refers to regular gatherings for worship, e.g. a Sunday service in a Church of England church or a Quaker meeting.
*On average, how many adults (aged 18+) come to a main weekly service or equivalent?

Enter one whole number. The number should represent the average number of adults that attend a main weekly service or equivalent gathering.
How many people are served by the building locally? For Anglican congregations this might be the population of the parish. For other denominations use the number of adults living locally.

Enter one whole number to give an indication of how many adults live locally. Click "?" for more info
*When is the building open to visitors outside of worship use? If it is not open beyond worship please explain why not. If it is not currently open 100 days a year, how will this condition be met within one year of project completion to meet the conditions of our grant offer?

It is a condition of National Churches Trust grant awards that places of worship are open to the public for at least 100 days a year beyond worship. Click "?" for more info [Max. 255 characters]
*Outline the case for receiving National Churches Trust funding now

Click "?" for more info [Max. 2000 characters]
*What is the average annual maintenance spend at the place of worship?

Enter a whole number with no punctuation. Click "?" for more info
*Is there a maintenance plan in place for the church? Please type 'Yes' or 'No'

Type 'yes' or 'no'. We strongly encourage churches to have a maintenance plan in place. Click "?" for more info
*How will the funded works to the place of worship be maintained going forward, and how is it currently maintained?

If there isn't a maintenance plan, include whether one will be compiled. Is there, or will there be, a building management plan or business plan? [Max. 255 characters]
Briefly outline any repair or improvement works carried out within the last 5 years, including an idea of approximate costs.

[Max. 255 characters]
Briefly outline any further works needed or planned within the next 5 years, including an idea of approximate costs, excluding this project.

Leave blank if not applicable [Max. 255 characters]
*Enter the name, company and email address of the qualified professional architect or chartered building surveyor, leading the project (separate lines by commas). They must be conservation accredited if the building is listed.

Click '?' for clarification. We will contact the lead professional to verify their involvement and some of the information provided within the application. For projects to listed buildings, lead professionals must have conservation accreditation.
What research has informed the project planning to this stage?

Mention consultation, business plans, project viability stage, options appraisal, feasibility studies, confirm if costs based on tenders [Max. 500 characters]
*Please complete the project cost table

Insert a description for each of the cost categories, as well as completing the 'Cost', 'VAT' and 'Total' on each line. Enter whole figures with no punctuation. Costs will tally vertically. Please mention where figures are tenders or estimates.
Project cost breakdown Description (include if tendered/estimate) Cost VAT Total incl. VAT
Professional fees
Repair and conservation work
Capital works incl. kitchen and toilets
*Please complete the project income table with unsecured funds (i.e. pending applications) in the second column, and secured funding (i.e. grants awarded, funds raised) in the third column. Under description, write if it is pending, or any relevant notes.

We will calculate the project shortfall as the total project cost minus secured income AND the expected Listed Places of Worship grant scheme VAT rebate if eligible (we assume this is 100% of VAT incurred for repair projects to listed buildings)
Income stream Description Unsecured funds £ Secured funds £
Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (VAT)
National Lottery Heritage Fund
Other Public Grant Bodies
Other Grant Offers
Other Grant Offers
Other Grant Offers
Other Grant Offers
Other Grant Offers
Other Grant Offers
Private donation - individual
Private donation - corporate
From existing reserves and bank accounts
Other fundraising
*What size grant is being sought from the National Churches Trust?

Grants range from £10,000 to £50,000 and average around £20,000. The Committee reserves the right to award less than £10,000. £50,000 grants are limited & require very high scoring demonstration of need & case for investment. Requests may not be fully met
*If your application to us is successful, how will any remaining funds be raised?

List (separating by commas) any other grant giving organisations you are awaiting an outcome from and/or intend to apply to, as well as other funds that will be raised through the congregation and local community [Max. 1000 characters]
*How does the project meet our outcome for preserving heritage?

Demonstrate how the building will be either: in better condition, be better managed, and/or better understood. Include examples. Click "?" for more info [Max. 1000 characters]
*How does the project meet our outcome for promoting sustainability?

Demonstrate how the building will be either: more suitable for wider community uses, more secure for the future, and/or the project is well planned. Click "?" for more info [Max. 1000 characters]
*How does the project meet our outcome for inspiring support?

Demonstrate how the building will either: engage with more people, increase opportunity for volunteering, and/or be more financially viable. Click "?" for more info [Max. 1000 characters]
Is there any additional information to add to the application, not already included?

[Max. 500 characters]
*On occasion we may be able to help secure additional funding from other funders - including the Wolfson Foundation. Please type 'Yes' to consent for us to share details of the application form and the main contact details with other potential funders.

Type 'yes' or 'no'
If you are eligible and would like to request a Wolfson Fabric Repair Fund grant, please state what size grant ranging between £2,000 to £10,000 you would like to be considered for. Please check the website for eligibility

Please note we cannot guarantee that any church will be successful for a National Churches Trust, or Wolfson Foundation grant, and some churches may receive one grant, but not the other.
*We would like to keep in touch about our work and news that is affecting our sector. Please tick 'yes' to agree that we can be in touch via E-MAIL periodically during the year, regardless of whether the application is successful or not. This is so that we can send details of relevant regional events and workshops, or awards and competitions. We will never sell or swap the details with any other organisation, and will keep details private and secure. We do not make fundraising phone calls and would only telephone if we had a specific query.

Successful applicants will automatically be added to our database as part of our grants monitoring process, and adherence to the terms and conditions of the grant offer. View our privacy policy here:
We would like to know more about our applicants. Please select which applies to whomever has largely completed this application form.

This is for our own monitoring purposes only
How did you hear about our grants?

This is for our own monitoring purposes only e.g. previous applicant, if you found us through an internet search engine, in a funding directory, by word of mouth, or were directed by an advisory body or other grant giver etc. [Max. 255 characters]
Have you received any advice from anyone at the National Churches Trust in advance of submitting this application?

This is for our own monitoring purposes only.
Most recent set of signed audited or independently examined annual accounts (these should include the independent examiner's report)

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A copy of Friends Accounts, if applicable

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Architects' plans (this facility only allows the upload of a single document - if there are multiple documents please email the attachments to us or merge files into a single pdf)

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For places of worship outside of England, a copy of the at risk register entry, if applicable

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A recent general exterior view of the building. Please send a jpeg if possible (please only send us images we have permission to use)

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A recent general interior view of the building. Please send a jpeg if possible (please only send us images we have permission to use)

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If applicable, a copy of any major grant offer letter e.g. from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery, or UK Home Countries Heritage Body.

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A copy of the building maintenance plan, if available. We expect all churches to have one in place. Templates can be found on our website:

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Please provide documentation from the governing body that gives permission to carry out the proposed works or shows exemption. E.g. a Faculty certificate signed by the Chancellor (in date and including the schedule of work), Archdeacon’s List B consent, screenshot of Methodist Property Consent etc.

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If the project requires local planning permission please upload a copy of the local planning authority permission document for the project

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Copy or extract of Quinquennial Inspection Report or other building survey report

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A full specification of works (preferably costed) prepared by the eligible project lead

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A development plan or business plan for the project, if available

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A Statement of Need, or equivalent, if available

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Attach any documents that demonstrate the consultation process

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Additional supporting information

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