Apply for a Grant
Criteria for grant aid from the Trust
Lincolnshire Churches Trust exists to help congregations with the essential task of keeping their building wind, watertight and safe for use. This means that the cost of re-roofing, replacing gutters, repairing windows and defective stonework, may all be eligible for grant aid. We are also prepared to assist, in certain circumstances, with the funding towards the provision of new facilities such as toilets and serveries.
Who can apply?
Any Christian church within the historic boundary of Lincolnshire. Current rules require the building to be at least 100 years old.
Does my church committee have to be a subscriber to the trust?
No, but tbis may influence our decision and we therefore strongly advise you to subscribe to the Trust and to take some part in the activities we promote for fundraising, to enable us to continue to help other churches. To do so is within the capability of even the smallest community as we know from experience.
How do I make an application?
By telephoning, emailing or writing to the secretary ( see contacts page ), or by using the downloads on this page. Telephoning can be beneficial, then we can discuss your project in detail and you can receive guidance where necessary.
We encourage anyone preparing to carry out work on their building requiring grant aid to telephone for advice early in their preparations. This can save precious time and also ensure that the correct steps are being taken in order for your application to succeed.
What happens next?
When an application is received by the secretary, the member of the Grants Committee who lives nearest to your church will be asked to arrange a meeting with you at your church to discuss your application and view the proposed work . This ensures that when the committee meets, first-hand knowledge can be shared, so that each member of the committee will have a sound understanding of your project and will be able to make an informed decision.
How often and when does the Grants Committee meet?
The committee usually meets quarterly, in early March, June, September and December, but also at other times by arrangement.
How long before each meeting do I need to apply?
21 days will give us time to carry out the survey and prepare the information to put before the meeting.
When will I know the decision taken at the meeting?
Formally , within a week or two but you can telephone the Secretary.
Where can I find more information?
Before submitting your application, please discuss it with the secretary as this could save you considerable time! Application forms and other documentation may be downloaded by clicking on the links below: Notes for applications Application form
Grants Committee Meetings
The dates on which the committee meets to consider Grant Applications are as follows:-March, June , September, December. Completed applications should be with the secretary 21 days prior to each meeting to guarantee consideration at that meeting.
At our AGM in March 2016 our Grants Secretary, Jeffrey Couzens, reported that since the last Trustees’ meeting Scopwick Church had been awarded a grant which had enabled them to complete roofing repairs and thus enable them to press on with proposals for re-ordering to provide a toilet, meeting room, access ramp and servery.
Ingoldsby Church had also been awarded a grant towards the installation of a new servery and storage cupboard because they had already been able to fund an associated, significant scheme of repairs and other improvements from other grant sources and their own resources, including a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This whole project would enable the church building to become a significantly improved centre for village life.
It was also reported that during 2015 grants totalling £22.5k had been awarded and a further £4k to date in 2016. 7 grant aided projects had been completed since the last report and a further 8 applications to the Trust were in progress.
Jeffrey reiterated that he will always encourage applicants to contact him, through the details given in the Contacts section this website, at as early a stage in their plans as possible for a discussion.
Please download a LCT Grant form grant application notes 1 grant application notes 2
We are grateful for the help given to us by WREN from year 2000 to year 2009 under the Block Grant scheme. This source of funds is now no longer available to us. Churches contemplating large projects can apply to WREN direct at their Norfolk office, details of which appear on their web site.
We are equally grateful to Marshalls charity for acting as the third party funder to enable the Trust to access the WREN funding by providing the necessary 11% seeding. You will see on their website (see Links page) how much they helped Lincolnshire Churches