National Churches Trust encourages applications from Northern Ireland

Friday October 12th 2018

The National Churches Trust has awarded Derriaghy Parish a grant to carry out work to preserve its spire.

The National Churches Trust is revising its grant programmes for 2019-23 and is encouraging applications from Northern Ireland.

Each of the Trust’s existing grant programmes will close at its next deadline, with three new grant programmes opening before the end of the year: Foundation, Gateway and Cornerstone Grants.

Criteria will include:

  • 50% fundraising in place at the point of application (grant awards will never exceed 50%)
  • Applicants must be a Christian denomination, with a building constructed as a place of worship (more than 30 years ago) and open for regular worship use, located in the UK.
  • Work must not have started at the point the application is submitted.
  • Work must be to the church building or an attached hall.
  • Applicants must demonstrate how they meet our outcomes in line with the Trust’s new strategy:
  1. Preserving heritage
  2. Promoting sustainability
  3. Inspiring support
  • Projects at listed buildings must be led by a conservation accredited professional.
  • Applicants must have at least 2 quotes in place at the point of application, and any necessary permissions.
  • Places of worship must be open beyond worship for at least 100 days per year.
  • Grantees must register on our ExploreChurches and MaintenanceBooker websites.

The National Churches Trust funds projects from across the UK, but is especially interested in good projects from its priority areas, namely North East of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

To find out more, visit the Trust website.

Earlier this year, Christ Church Parish, Derriaghy, was awarded a grant of £20,000 from the National Churches Trust to help fund vital repairs to the church’s landmark spire – you can read more in the Autumn edition of Connor Connections which will soon be available.  

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