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. The Trust is non-denominational, and welcomes applications on that basis.

Areas where we can help


  • 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

New Work

OHCT is able to fund new work as well as repairs, provide such work maintains the historical integrity of the building, contents and environment.

  • 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

Areas where we can’t help

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

  • Routine maintenance
  • Removal or replacement of pews unless part of a wider project to secure the future of the building
  • Liturgical re-ordering e.g. nave altars and platforms
  • Church or parish halls on separate sites
  • Car parks
  • Buildings completed after 1950 (unless there are special circumstances)
  • Work that has already started

The level of support

The Trust has limited funds each year, and tends to spread its support widely.  We estimate that there are more than five hundred and fifty buildings in Oxfordshire which might be eligible for consideration for grant aid.  For this reason the level of grants has to be modest.

What the Trust funds

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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