Neither the Trust nor its Area Representatives can offer formal advice or accept any responsibility for suggestions made in informal consultations, but many of the Area Representatives do have experience gained over a number of years and will be happy to discuss projects. They may also be able to put you in touch with other churches with similar projects, it being clearly understood that there is no substitute for professional advice.

You may also like to get hold of a copy of the book by Becky Payne which we published in 2014 “Churches for Communities – Adapting Oxfordshire’s Churches for Wider Use” . This recounts the experiences of 25 churches carrying out significant projects in recent years. The book is available through Central Books and Amazon

There are many sources of advice about building restoration and fund raising, and convenient directories to most of them can be found on the Web at, at or the Your Church Building pages on the Exeter Diocese website.(  Another very helpful site, sponsored by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Company, is You may also like to look at the Faith In Maintenance site of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

For information about how to obtain grants under the Landfill Tax Credits Scheme go to  and follow links to Funders Directory.

For information regarding how to establish a Friends Organisation got to

Further Advice

Applying for a Grant

Download the Application Form

Download the Guidance Notes

Abingdon Baptist Church

Awarded a grant by the OHCT of £15,000 for major internal improvements in 2014/2015

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