...keeping Somerset's churches & chapels alive

 About Our Grants

St Andrews, BlagdonThe Trust gives careful and sympathetic consideration to requests for help. This includes a visit to the building and discussions with those involved in the proposed work. We work in association with the National Churches Trust (NCT).

In view of the current coronavirus situation we are unable to visit churches to undertake assessments. However, churches are still invited to submit applications for grants. We are planning a Trustees meeting in early July. Please submit applications by 6th June 2021 for consideration at that meeting.

Our grants help to cover repairs to the main fabric of the church – walls, roof, windows, floor, drainage – and to help with improvements and alterations to facilities and access to allow greater community use. Our support is for churches and chapels that are open for Christian worship in the historic county of Somerset.

Whilst grants of up to a maximum of £5,000 can be awarded, in practice grants are usually between £1,000 to £5,000 based on the amount of money we have available for distribution. Over the last twelve months the average amount awarded was £1,886.

Does your church or chapel need help?

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How to apply for a grant

Check out our Policy and Guidelines then go to Apply for a Grant and download a Grant Application Form for completion and submission to

Anthony Sutcliffe
Corner Well House
Barton Road

tel: 01458 851324


Workmen repairing church towerMuch damage can be caused simply as a result of poor maintenance. Implementing a schedule of regular maintenance is a great help in avoiding such damage and costly repairs. Guidance on church building maintenance can be found on the website of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) - advice will be through ‘The Maintenance Co-operative Movement’. Also through the National Churches Trust ‘Support & Advice’ page on their website, and at the Church of England’s ChurchCare website under ‘Guidance & Advice – Looking after your church’.

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