Grant Opportunities


The Diocese is paying for access to the Churchgrants grant-finding database for an initial period of three years.


  1. What is it for? By entering the database via the Canterbury Diocese Microsite you can search for grant-making bodies that make grants to projects just like yours.
  2. How do you log on? Please log on via this link: Diocese of Canterbury | Church Grants
  3. How do I find my Parish Reference Number? Each parish (rather than church) has a unique national reference number. For your reference number please contact:
  4. Is it possible to save my search? Yes, the search is automatically saved each time.

To view some of the system's key functions you can watch this video walk-through.

Please see resources below for additional information regarding grants that might be available.

  • Church Care – This site is produced by the Council for the Care of Churches, and provides a wealth of information on caring for your church and its contents, looking after the churchyard and developing the building. There is also comprehensive information on fundraising and sources of funding
  • The Heritage Funding Directory - a free easy-to-use guide to financial and other support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects
  • The Charity Commission - by clicking on the link ‘the Register of Charities’, you can search for charities by name or key word. It lists every registered charity
  • Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme - makes grants towards the VAT incurred in making repairs and carrying out alterations to listed buildings mainly used for public worship
  • Benefact Trust - there is no specific deadline for applications - each application is reviewed by the Grants team. They have multiple grant programmes that provide funding for different types of projects – ranging from community impact and faith development, to building repair and preserving the heritage skills which are needed to look after our ecclesiastical heritage
  • Parish Resources – this site is produced by the National Stewardship office for the Church of England and is packed with really useful information, including a very good series of guides on fundraising, and lists of trusts
  • Ecclesiastical Insurance  has provided some excellent materials to support parishes  on all aspects of fundraising including digital fundraising

Webinars & Podcasts

Beyond Funding: The new podcast series from The Benefact Trust.
Guiding organisations on their fundraising journey and discussing key social issues. The Beyond Funding podcast sets out to offer tips and advice to churches, Christian charities, and those looking for funding, as well as opening-up conversations about major social issues with expert guests.
Paul Playford, Senior Grants Officer for Benefact Trust, is the first guest speaker on their newly launched podcast. As well as discussing what funding is out there, Paul gives his top tips for applications and an insight into their grants.
Enjoy the very first Beyond Funding podcast and subscribe so you don’t miss their future episodes.

How To Successfully Apply To Grant Funders - Advice From A Funder - YouTube

How To Successfully Apply To Grant Funders - Beyond Funding | Podcast on Spotify


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