SHCT Grant Application Information

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust was founded specifically to help conserve and preserve Suffolk’s Churches and Chapels of all denominations with advice and grants towards the cost of essential repairs and maintenance. 

Grants are also available for other projects as described in the Grant Application Information below.

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 FormClick here to download guidance notes to assist with the completion of the Application form. 

A different Application Form is required for an application for a grant to support a roof alarm project, it can be downloaded here.

Alternatively, an application form may be obtained from the SHCT Office by  e-mail:  or telephone: 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.

Grants Committee Meeting Dates 2020:                 Applications by:

Monday 20th January                                              Monday 6th January

Monday 20th April                                                     Monday 30th March

Monday 13th July                                                       Monday 22 June

Monday 19th October                                                Monday 28th September

Projects for which the Trust may Grant Funds

Funds may be granted towards the cost of preservation, repair, maintenance and improvement of churches and chapels within Suffolk. To be eligible for a grant the Trust requires that:

  • The recipient church must be in 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

Category A – Fabric Repairs

Roofs including re-thatching, Rainwater goods, Walls (not churchyard boundary walls) and buttresses, Plaster and re-decorating following work to the fabric, Tower repairs but not the provision of new bell frames or re-casting of bells, Porches, Window stonework and glass/lead repairs but not conservation of stained glass.

Category B

Liturgical reordering, other re-ordering e.g. repair/removal of pews and choir stalls to make space for social/concert use, Electrical work including lighting and replacement heating, Replacement heating boilers, Repairs to solid flooring, Roof alarm systems.

Category C

Lavatories, Kitchenettes, Disability Discrimination Act work (access, handrails, hearing loops etc.), Exterior paths, Listed Churchyard walls, Conservation of Wall­-paintings, stained glass and other conservation projects if funds allow.

The maximum grant to any one project is £10,000 subject to funds being available but exceptional cases may be referred to the Trustees.

The maximum grant for a Kitchen/WC project is currently £3,000.


Funding for Roof Alarms for churches with lead roofs is currently available. The current maximum grant for a Roof Alarm is £1,500.

Ineligible Projects

The Trust does not normally make grants for:

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

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund recently launched a Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024

There is one open programme for all types of heritage projects in the UK with grants ranging from £3,000 To £5 million. Comprehensive information can be found on the Heritage Fund website:

Alternatively contact
National Lottery Heritage Fund East of England
CB1 Business Centre
20 Station Road
Telephone: 01223 653188

N.B.  Churches considering applying are also advised to inform the SHCT Grants Committee