Places of worship
Congregations caring for historic places of worship, of all faiths and denominations, can apply to HLF for funding to support a broad range of projects including capital repair. Applying for grants through our open programmes will give time-stretched applicants greater flexibility to secure the funding they need for their places of worship.
- Our Heritage (£10,000-£100,000) is a simple, faster (applications assessed within eight weeks), one stage application process and is ideal for smaller projects looking to undertake more straight-forward repairs
- Resilient Heritage (£3,000-£250,000) can be used by individual organisations or partnerships to help them better manage their heritage. From developing income-generation strategies to feasibility studies in preparation for a larger Heritage Grant application - this can be a great place to start
A new funding initiative for places of worship
Places of Worship: Inspiring Ideas is a one-off, UK-wide initiative supporting projects exploring new ways of helping places of worship become more resilient and adapt to a challenging and changeable environment.
We are working with our partners to provide grants to creative projects of between £10,000 and £250,000 through our existing Resilient Heritage programme with HLF committing £1million in grants.
The initiative is operating in two stages. Initially, applicants submit a short expression of interest outlining their idea, these will be reviewed by the initiative partners and the strongest projects will be invited to submit full applications.
In addition to HLF, the initiative is supported by a partnership of sector organisations. Some organisations are contributing to the grant fund, others will contribute expertise to the initiative and guidance to grantees. The partnership is formed from the following organisations:
More information about the initiative is available in the Places of Worship: Inspiring Ideas supplementary guidance which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Once you’ve read this guidance and you think your project might be suitable for funding, you will need to complete the expression of interest form, also found at the bottom of the page, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email us if you would like to discuss your idea before submitting an expression of interest.
Expressions of interest must be submitted by 14 October 2018.
- If you have more questions about applying to HLF for a grant for places of worship here are some useful frequently asked questions and answers
- We have also created some additional guidance on HLF's outcomes in relation to places of worship
- There are also help notes for Our Heritage applicants
- This blog from HLF’s Head of Historic Environment also explores how we will be funding places of worship in the future
- You might also like to read the blog on Caring for Divine Heritage. This was written to help Cathedrals understand how to deliver successful projects but the advice holds good for all places of worship – no matter what the scale
- HLF statement - funding for places of worship
Places of worship in Scotland
As part of our commitment to Scottish places of worship, we work in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to deliver funding for places of worship from both organisations through a single application process. If you want to apply to HES, your project will need a conservation-accredited lead professional from a recognised accreditation body.
We’ve been successfully funding places of worship through our open programmes for more than 20 years. Projects include the major restoration of York Minster’s Great East Window and conservation of the interior of the Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow. But we have also been funding smaller places of worship projects through these programmes.
Take a look at projects we’ve already funded:
- St Bridget's Church Brigham, Cumbria
- St Martin of Tours, Bilborough
- St Matthew's Churchyard, Lightcliffe
- St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
- Christ Church, Great Ayton
- Heritage Silkstone, Barnsley
- Kingussie Parish Church, Scotland
- St John's, Hoxton