Places of worship

Places of worship are among the UK’s oldest and most cherished historic buildings. That’s why we’ve invested over £850million in helping congregations to conserve, restore and make them more accessible.

Places of worship sit at the very heart of our local communities.

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.

Relevant programmes:

  • Our Heritage (£10,000-£100,000) can be used to support a great range of projects and organisations, including those who want to repair buildings. The programme is single round. We aim to respond to your application in around eight weeks
  • Heritage Grants (£100,000-£5m) can support all types and scales of project. The two-round structure means we can support you in both developing and delivering your proposals
  • 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

Success stories

We’ve been successfully funding places of worship through our open programme 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:


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