Applying for a Grant

Please read all the steps involved in applying for a grant carefully.

The form requires lots of different types of information. You will be able to begin completing this, save it and come back to it later.

In order to make an application you will need an account on this website. 

Applications must be made in time to be considered at our Council Meetings which occur 3 times a year.

Next Submission Deadline:


Meeting date: Tuesday 9 February 2021; deadline for submission of applications Monday 25 January 2021

Meeting date: Tuesday 8 June 2021; deadline for submission of applications Monday 24 May 2021

Meeting date: Tuesday 5 October 2021; deadline for submission of applications Monday 20 September 2021

We are able to consider applications for grant funding for any church, chapel or meeting house used as a place of public worship.

Buildings completed less than 50 years ago are not eligible, unless there are special circumstances.

Grants cannot be given for work that has already been started.


We can fund repairs, for example

  • Restoration, upkeep and maintenance of fabric
  • Heating and lighting repairs or replacement
  • Repairs to pipe organs, bells, clocks and internal monuments, windows
  • Churchyard walls, monuments and footpaths
  • Drainage
  • Architect’s fees (excluding VAT) incurred as part of a completed project

New Work

OHCT is able to fund new work as well as repairs, providing such work maintains the historical integrity of the building, contents and environment. New Work is only supported if all essential repairs have been completed or are in hand.

  • Toilets, kitchens and utility areas
  • Disabled access
  • New floors and stairs in towers e.g. for ringing chambers
  • Electrical work
  • Sound systems
  • Security systems
  • Pipe or electronic organs
  • Vestries and storage areas
  • Architect’s fees (excluding VAT) incurred as part of a completed project

We cannot fund

Although we do our best, we cannot support work in respect of the following;

  • Routine maintenance
  • Work that has already started
  • Removal or replacement of pews
  • Liturgical re-ordering e.g. nave altars and platforms
  • Church or parish halls
  • Car parks
  • Buildings less than fifty years old


  • Name/Address of Applicant and phone number Your role at the church
  • Name of Church; Parish or location and post code Class/Grade
  • Number on electoral roll (or church membership) Average no. of Sunday service attendees Age of church and points of Architectural interest
  • Year of last quinquennial inspection or equivalent Name of architect who did it Nature of work to be undertaken Estimated cost (excluding VAT) and estimated architect’s fee (including VAT) Name and address of architect supervising the work
  • Projected start date and projected completion date
  • Whether the work is to be undertaken in phases If so, the details of the work to be undertaken in the phase for which the application relates Estimated cost of this phase (excluding VAT) Completion date of this phase
  • Funds currently available Amount likely to be raised in the parish (excluding the funds currently available)
  • Details of any contact with the Diocesan Advisory Committee or similar and whether a certificate has been granted (C of E only)
  • Are all outstanding priority repairs identified in the last quinquennial survey or equivalent completed, in hand, or are part of the application. New work is only supported if all essential repairs have been completed. If not you should discuss with your Area Representative.
  • Whether your church/chapel/meeting house is a corporate member or the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and whether it participates in the annual Ride and Stride event
  • Confirmation that your PCC is in agreement for the application to be submitted to OHCT
  • You will also be asked to include the latest PCC accounts and photos of the church for the application to be considered in full.

Contact your area representative for help and advice before you complete the application.

All Grant Applications will be presented by OHCT Council meeting presented by your area representative.

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