Temporarily pausing our grant-giving activities

Scotland’s Churches Trust and its parent organisations the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust (SCAHT) and Scotland’s Churches Scheme (SCS) have been assisting and championing Scotland’s places of worship for almost fifty years. During that time we have helped hundreds of places of worship in every corner of the country with grants, advice and support to keep these wonderful buildings firmly at the heart of their local neighbourhoods and communities.

Sadly, for ourselves, as has been the case for many small charities, the last few years have proven to be exceptionally challenging. The traditional sources of income that we might once have relied upon to supplement and support our grant-giving and other regular activities, such as organ scholarships and concerts, have all-but dried up or have been increasingly focused elsewhere on other activities.

As a consequence, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily pause all of our grant-giving while we review our grants programme and its priorities. While we will fully meet our obligation to those churches for whom we have already agreed to make grants we will not be able to make any further grants until this review process is completed. However, members of our grants committee and office staff will still be able to make general suggestions about the repair and maintenance of churches as well as possibly signpost churches to other grant-giving bodies which may be able to support projects.

Further updates will be available in due course. If you would like to offer suggestions or feedback on new and innovative ways that will help us to continue our long tradition of protecting, promoting and preserving Scotland’s incredibly rich ecclesiastical built heritage please drop our Director a line.