From providing space for training services to hosting concerts and crèches, places of worship have an increasing role in everyday life. And they are an important part of local and national heritage. That's why we must protect them for the future.
Grants for Places of Worship funds urgent structural repairs to Grade I, II* and II listed places of worship in England. As part of the repair project, we can also fund improvements to facilities and work that helps more people get involved with these wonderful buildings.
We’re passionate about the difference our projects make for heritage, people and communities. We take account of the outcomes your project will achieve in our assessment. You can read about these in the application guidance.
There are some additional documents we highly recommend you read:
Applications go through a two-round process. This is so you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you're likely to receive a grant. Then you can send us your detailed proposals. At the first round you can also ask for funding to develop your project.
We make sure all applications are carefully and professionally assessed. We may ask an advisor from English Heritage to visit you and evaluate the repair need and urgency of the works compared to that of other applications.
We are here to support you throughout the application process. As part of this we will review your project during the development phase. We will check how you are progressing with preparatory work and relevant documents.
If you've got a question about applying, or delivering your project, join in our Online Community to get advice from grantees who've already been there and done it themselves.
We must receive your first-round application and all supporting documents by:
- 17 November 2015 for a decision in March 2016
- 23 February 2016 for a decision in June 2016
- 24 May 2016 for a decision in September 2016
- 9 August 2016 for a decision in November/December 2016
Second-round submissions and supporting documents must be received up to 12 months after the first-round decision. They are assessed within three months, after which funding decisions are made. This will normally be at the next monthly meeting, but in some instances it may go to the HLF committee for your local area. Please contact your local team for more information.