The availability and criteria of grants changes on a regular basis, so any information on specific grants is almost out of date as soon as it is written. However, in order to supply parishes with the full range of grants they may be able to access for church, church hall and community related projects, each Diocese of the Church in Wales subscribes to a powerful funding database called GRANTfinder. This can be accessed via an appointed person (eg. funding officer) in your diocese, who can either run a grant search for you or give you access to the database directly. Contact your Diocesan Office or website to learn more. Further information on grants & funding is listed below:
The following documents from GRANTfinder contain useful information to help you when applying for a grant. Click on the document name to download it.
Successfully Securing Grant Funding: A Beginner’s Guide
A Guide to Writing a Fundraising Strategy
Preparing Your Business Plan: A “How To” Guide
How to Write a Winning Financial Plan
An Introduction to Better Writing
Catalyst Cymru – Heritage Fundraising
The Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) is an organisation that supports and represents Wales’ voluntary organisations, volunteers and communities. Their website offers an excellent range of advice, much of which is pertinent and useful to PCCs. In addition, they have launched Catalyst Cymru to provide low cost and free training to heritage organisations to help them develop much needed fundraising skills. Click on the links below to see more:
Grants and Funding Websites
There are very few organisations that will give grants solely for the repair of historic buildings like churches. Most, like the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), require some form of community benefit before they will give you a grant. For example, keeping the church open during the day for visitors or community activities. The organisations listed below are the main grant awarding bodies for church and community projects. Always make sure that you read their eligibility criteria before applying for a grant to ensure that your project is the type of thing they will fund. It is often a good idea to speak to them first before making an application. Click on the links below to go to their websites.
Heritage Lottery Fund Grants
Big Lottery Fund Wales Programmes
Welsh Government Grants
Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
Landfill Communities Fund
National Churches Trust Grants
The Heritage Funding Directory
Wales Council for Voluntary Action
VAT/Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
The VAT reclaimable on repairs, maintenance and alterations to listed places of worship has changed several times since the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (LPWGS) was introduced. At the moment 100% of VAT can be claimed back for these works, although there are many exceptions.Comprehensive information is available from the LPWGS website.
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Church Improvement Grants
The proceeds of sale of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales’ glebe land are invested and the income generated is used to provide a fund for church repair and improvement grants. Until recently these grants were administered by the Representative Body with each church submitting a grant application form directly to them. From 2019 this fund will be administered by the dioceses themselves. Applicants should therefore contact their diocesan office for further information.