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.

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.

Relevant programmes

  • 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
  • Heritage Grants (£100,000-£5m) is a two stage application process but gives applicants the opportunity to secure funding for more ambitious projects and allows them to undertake a development phase to help shape their 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

Coming soon: A new funding initiative for places of worship

This summer we’ll be launching Places of Worship: Inspiring Ideas (funding innovation and enterprise for sustainability).

We will be working with our partners to fund creative projects that look at new ways of helping historic places of worship become more resilient and able to adapt to a challenging and changeable environment.

We will fund a small number of projects through this one-off, UK-wide fund, with a focus on strategic projects that work across a group of buildings or assets.

More information and details of how to apply will be available on this page soon.


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.

Success stories

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:

Feeling inspired?

Get in touch with us to discuss your ideas or discover what other people have been up to in our Online Community.

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