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Guidance notes

A series of Guidance Notes, covering a range of topics, are available on the ChurchCare website at www.churchcare.co.uk/churches/guidance-advice.


  • Sources of Funding for Conservation Projects
  • Heritage Lottery Fund – Grants for Places of Worship
  • Heritage Lottery Fund – Conservation Projects
  • Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
  • Funding and Resources for Community Projects
  • Funding for Alterations and Extensions
  • Longer Term Funding for Repair Work
  • Heritage Lottery Fund – Start-up Grants
  • Architectural Heritage Fund – Project Viability Grant Scheme

Arts, Artefacts and Conservation

  • Display cases in church buildings
  • Guidelines for conservation reports
  • Gudielines for post-conservation treatment reports
  • Managing Conservation Projects
  • Protecting Church Treasures

Staying in touch with ChurchCare

ChurchCare – www.churchcare.co.uk
ChurchCare is the Church of England’s national resource, adding value from the centre to support over 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals. We support all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings today and for the enjoyment of future generations. The website is the comprehensive source of information for everyone managing a church building.

ChurchCare is the comprehensive source of information for everyone managing a church building. They provide information on their various grants programmes and list other sources of funding to help fundraising: http://www.churchcare.co.uk

Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
A Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) is a type of charity in England. CVSs are “the place at which local voluntary and community organisations speak to each other”. They offer a wide variety of services and support for local organisations, for example training, or advice on funding.

Crossing the Threshold Toolkit
The toolkit was produced by the Diocese of Hereford and funded by English Heritage, in response to a demand from parishes at the start of their journey down this road towards returning their buildings to their communities. This is an easy to follow step-by-step resource containing exactly the sort of information any parish will need to know. http://www.hereford.anglican.org/Content/Crossings%20the%20Threshold%202013.pdf

Directory of Social Change
The Directory of Social Change (DSC) is an independent charity with a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change. They are in touch with over 20,000 charities annually through their conferences and training on fundraising, management, organisational and personal development, communication, finance and law. www.dsc.org.uk

Funding Central
The Funding Central is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises based in England. They list thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting applicants to develop a sustainable income strategy. Sign up to their newsletter to get the latest updates on available grants and application deadlines. www.fundingcentral.org.uk

Funds for Historic Buildings
The Funds for Historic Buildings website is a comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert for a new use any historic building in the United Kingdom. Access to this website is free of charge to all users and allows applicants to search for a specific funding source, or for sources which are relevant to projects. It also gives useful advice on how to maximise chances of success when making funding applications. www.ffhb.org.uk

The Heritage Alliance
The Heritage Alliance is the biggest coalition of heritage interests in England. It brings together specialist bodies representing visitors, owners, volunteers, professional practitioners, funders and educationalists. It provides a free Heritage Funding Directory, detailing sources of grants from trusts and foundations as well as listing organisations offering loan finance, awards, scholarships and other “in kind” resources. www.theheritagealliance.org.uk

Neighbourhood Statistics
The detailed statistics information pages and Neighbourhood Summary contain a wide range of information about your local area, its population and geography. https://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk

Parish Resources
This site is provided by the Church of England’s National Stewardship & Resources team and offers over 400 pages of resources to support all aspects of stewardship, administration and management in the local church. They offer a range of Funding Guides to help parishes raise funds for large fundraising appeals as well as funding the on-going mission of the church. www.parishresources.org.uk

Shrinking the Footprint
Shrinking the Footprint is a cross divisional campaign involving both the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division and Mission and Public Affairs. www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
SPAB represent the practical and positive side of conservation. They have a firm set of principles about how old buildings should be repaired and the practical knowledge to show how these can be put into effect. www.spab.org.uk

UK Church Fundraising Handbook by Maggie Durran
This practical, comprehensive and information-packed manual will be a godsend to all churches facing the challenges of maintaining buildings, rising costs and dwindling congregations while wanting to be generous to others in need.