How to apply for a Grant

The Scotland's Churches Trust assists with the repair of religious buildings in use for public worship. Before contacting us, please read the following very carefully:

The Trust will NOT consider applications for

  • Buildings outwith Scotland;
  • Buildings no longer in use for public worship;
  • Halls, manses, other ancillary buildings, boundary walls or gates;
  • Bells, bell frames or organs;
  • Alterations or reordering;
  • Electrical, plumbing, heating, etc;
  • Disabled access or toilets;
  • Decorating costs;
  • Quinquennial and other regular architectural inspections;
  • Work that has started on site.

The Trust WILL consider applications for

  • Repairs to or restoration of the structure of buildings in use for public worship (the building need not have a congregation, but must be furnished as a place of worship and be used for occasional services);
  • Other work essential to preserve or to recover the identity or continued function of the building as a place of worship within the context of an accepted religious tradition;
  • Conservation work upon items of special artistic quality or having associations with the history of the building and its significance to the community;
  • Summary conservation reports.

You may find it useful to examine the list of grants awarded in previous years to determine whether your project may be considered.

Request an Application Form

Once you have read the above and consider that the work you are proposing meets our criteria, please request an application form, giving your name, the name of the church, a summary of the work required and the likely timetable. If your proposed work meets our criteria, we will then send you an application form.

Other help available

If your project does not meet the criteria for a grant from the Scottish Churches Trust you may be able to receive assistance from other bodies; you will find details under Other help.

Latest Grants

Grants totalling £25,000 were awarded by the Grants Committee in May 2015.

Grants totalling £8,000 were awarded by the Grants Committee in February 2014.

Support Us

This trust is mainly dependent on support from private individuals, business organisations and all those concerned with maintaining Scotland's valuable architectural and historic heritage.

Find out more about how to support us >