The 15th century tower of St Mary's church, Greasley.

How to apply for a grant

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Lead Theft

Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust is pleased to say that it has been given a grant from Allchurches Trust to award on their behalf to churches for the installation of roof alarms. In the light of the ongoing spate of lead theft from churches in the Diocese it would seem prudent to install a roof alarm where possible, prevention being better than cure. Allchurches Trust offer £1,000 per church, and an application could also be considered for an additional grant from NHCT to cover associated installation and repair work. The grants will be offered on the basis that the alarm contractor is recommended by the church’s insurers, and that all the usual permissions are in place such as faculties. An agreement must be made for the church to maintain the alarm system for a minimum of five years from installation. For further information and help, please contact NHCT’s Grants Administrator, Margaret Lowe, on 07757 800 919 or


Enquiries and requests for hard copy (paper) grant application forms and supporting information may be made to the Grants Administrator:

Mrs Margaret Lowe
Grants Adminstrator
Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust
1 Gayhurst Green
Park Lane
Old Basford
Nottingham NG6 0LZ


The following organisations are also worth contacting:

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (LPWGS), administered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, refunds VAT on repairs and maintenance for listed places of worship within a fixed budget limit. The scheme, which started in 2001, has recently been extended until April 2015 albeit in a revised form with exclusions such as professional fees and repairs to clocks, pews, bells and organs. The way in which payments are claimed and calculated also changed in 2011 and it therefore advisable to check on the scheme’s website for full details.

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National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust was launched in 2007 as the only national, non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting places of worship used by Christian denominations throughout the UK. The Trust promotes the use of these buildings by congregations and the wider community – underlining their importance to society.

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Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust

The aim of the Trust is to protect, restore and enhance all historic buildings within the County of Nottinghamshire.

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Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings – Faith in Maintenance initiative

Faith in Maintenance is a new initiative which aims to help volunteers who look after historic places of worship. They provide training to help you understand how your building works and how to solve problems caused by leaky gutters and blocked drains. The training courses are free and are available to any volunteer who helps to look after an historic place of worship.

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Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN)

Waste Recycling Group formed Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN) in 1998 to ensure its own landfill tax credits are used cost effectively and benefit the maximum number of people, especially those who live near landfill sites. Since WREN’s formation over £25million has been allocated to a variety of projects ranging from land reclamation, waste minimisation, recycling, environmental education, community facility enhancements and conservation.

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English Heritage

English Heritage ensures that the historic environment of England is properly maintained and cared for. Repair Grants for Places of Worship in England 2002 – 2005 is a scheme jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage and gives grants for urgent repairs to listed buildings which are in regular use as a place of worship (excluding cathedrals).

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Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund distributes money raised by the national Lottery to support all aspects of heritage in the UK, from historic buildings and museums to archives, nature conservation and oral history. They provide both capital grants (for buildings and equipment) and time-limited activity grants.

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ENTRUST is appointed by HM Revenue and Customs to regulate the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) through the provisions of the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996 as amended.

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As a trusted partner of the National Churches Trust, we have access to a number of additional grants for projects as part of the Partnership Grants Programme. The Programme has provided over £1 million in grant funding towards repairs for churches and chapels nationally over the last five years, and can now support some installation of facilities. Applications should be made following our usual application procedure as above on this page.

Please note that these documents are in Adobe Acrobat format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print them. The software is free and can be downloaded from the Adobe website.