Don’t miss out on essential funding for your church
You might not know, but there is a range of grants available to help churches pay for maintenance services booked through the website MaintenanceBooker.
Investing in regular maintenance work to your building now can significantly reduce your longer term costs.
To access and book maintenance services, places of worship first need to register to use the site.
MaintenanceBooker is supported by the National Churches Trust (NCT) and managed by NCT Heritage Services Ltd in partnership with 2buy2.
Foundation Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects costing up to £20,000 (exc VAT). The maximum grant size is 50% of costs.
There are two ways for churches to engage with the grants:
- Standard Foundation Grant application to the NCT Grants Committee. The deadline for applications is 26 September 2019 for decisions in November 2019. Churches can use contractors previously selected through a competitive process where they can demonstrate that at least two quotes were received.
- Foundation Grant application to support tendering done through MaintenanceBooker. Applications received this way will not be bound by the 26 September 2019 deadline. Applications for contracts will be accepted on a rolling basis until 2 December 2019, when the funding campaign will end. Decisions will be made within 1 month, allowing for quicker turn around on maintenance and small repair projects.
Churches can apply for more than one Foundation Grant if they can demonstrate that the works being requested are distinct, and the works are being done by different contractors.
The NCT will be announcing some changes this autumn to the NCT grant programmes for 2020.
It is uncertain that the Foundation Grants programme will retain a £10,000 grant ceiling, so they strongly encourage churches to submit bids early this year. Visit www.nationalchurchestrust.org for more details.