Alternative funding

Alternative sources of funding

Our Grants Secretary accounts for CHCT grants, but where else might you apply?

The Churchcare website is a good place to start looking, as it lists the main organisations that help churches not just with their fabric repairs but also the conservation of fixtures and furnishings, monuments, organs and bells and with the creation of new facilities.

The National Churches Trust with Wren

Notice  WREN has now stopped giving block grants to the County Trusts and therefore the Cambridge Historic Churches Trust (CHCT) will no longer be able to offer WREN grants to Places of Worship.

Negotiations are in progress between WREN, the National Churches Trust and the County Trusts to address the funding issues. Until the situation has been resolved, Places of Worship should continue to apply for grants to CHCT as before, using the existing application form and criteria. All applications will be considered by the Executive Committee for a CHCT grant. This will now come from the Trust’s own funds which are generated from the annual Ride and Stride.

WREN will still consider grant applications made by congregations directly to their Main Grants Scheme, but the emphasis is on community projects rather just repairs. Your project has to be in their ‘operating area’ – see their website for details.

 AmeyCespa Community Fund

Previously the Donarbon Community Fund

Landfill operators must pay a tax to the Government on every tonne of waste that is sent to landfill. The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) allows landfill operators to ‘offset’ a percentage of the landfill tax (currently 6% of their liability) and give a proportion of it to organisations who deliver environmental objectives, instead of paying all the landfill tax to the Government.

The principle of the LCF is that it ‘offsets’ some of the negative impacts of living near a landfill site. This is done by allowing landfill operators to pay a proportion of their landfill tax liability to not-for-profit organisations that deliver benefits to the general public, biodiversity or the environment, within a 10 mile radius of a landfill site.

Donarbon Ltd originally set up the Donarbon Community Fund as its LCF. After the takeover by AmeyCespa Group, this is now the AmeyCespa Community Fund, and we pay 6% of our landfill tax liability into this fund on a quarterly basis. Under the LCF regulations, the fund has to be administered by an independent organisation and AmeyCespa have commissioned the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to manage the Fund.

For more information see

Other Funding Links

Other national sources of potential funding:

Additional sources without websites

The following national sources of funding offer grants for historic church buildings. They do not have websites but can be contacted at the following addresses:

The Alan Evans Memorial Trust
c/o Coutts and Co
Trustee Department
440 Strand


The G C Gibson Trust
Touche Ross & Co
Blenheim House
Fitzalan Court
Newport Road


The Manifold Charitable Trust
Shottesbrooke House