SHCT Grant Application Information

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust was founded specifically to help conserve and preserve Suffolk’s Churches and Chapels with advice and grants towards the cost of essential repairs and maintenance.  Grants are also available for toilet and kitchen projects.

To be eligible for a grant the church or chapel must be within the County of Suffolk and in regular use as a place of worship. Each year the Trust helps between 40 and 50 places of worship of all denominations and ages.  The Grants Committee is also able to advise churches on other sources of grant aid.

How to Apply for a Grant

To apply for a Grant from the Trust, please click here to download an Application Form. Click here to download guidance notes to assist with the completion of the Application form. Alternatively, an application form may be obtained by telephoning, e-mailing or writing to the Trust at the address below.

Once you have completed the form you should send it, with all the supporting documents, by post to:

The Hon Grants Secretary, SHCT,
Brinkleys, Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9JR
E.  Tel: 01787 883884


Grants Committee Meetings are held four times a year and the applications are normally required at least three weeks prior to the meeting (earlier when bank holidays intervene) to allow time for any queries to be sorted out prior to the meeting.  Failure to meet the deadlines below may result in the application having to be deferred to the next Grants meeting.

    Grant Meeting Dates:                                                    Applications by:

Monday  2nd October 2017                                       Monday 11th September 2017

Projects for which the Trust may Grant Funds

The Trust may grant funds towards the cost of the preservation, repair, maintenance and improvement of churches and chapels within Suffolk. The Trust  supports the provision of modern facilities in churches where they do not already exist; small grants may be made towards toilet and kitchen projects.

To be eligible for a grant, the Trust requires that:

  • the recipient church must be in regular use as a public place of worship
  • the church faces a shortfall of funds to complete the project for which funds are sought
  • recipient churches must be open or readily accessible to the public
  • the church believes it will be able to raise the remaining funds needed.

Ineligible Projects

The Trust does not normally make grants for:

  • furnishings and fittings
  • churchyard walls
  • brasses and bells
  • monuments
  • organs
  • redecoration, unless needed as part of an eligible project
  • new buildings or extensions to existing buildings.


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NCT Partnership Grant Scheme

As a trusted partner of the National Churches Trust we are able to recommend some projects for NCT funding as part of the Partnership Grants Programme. Access to this funding is via our usual application procedure as above. Nationally the Partnership programme has provided over £1 million in grant funding towards repairs at churches and chapels over the last five years.

You can find out more about the National Churches Trust here and Partnership Grants here.

Elix church maintenance scheme

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust also makes an annual grant to subsidise the Elix Church Maintenance Scheme helping towards an annual check up for church buildings. Work undertaken by the scheme’s contractor includes the cleaning of the gutters and above ground gullies and advising on any defects or works that need attention, thus helping to prevent small problems  becoming major and expensive repair work.

The Elix scheme is run by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich but is open to churches and chapels of all denominations within Suffolk. Find out more here.

Click here to view a case study


Heritage Lottery Funding for Places of Worship

Short Brief on Relevant HLF Programmes