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Conditions for Grant aid


Dorset Historic Churches Trust exists to help conserve places of Christian worship of all denominations in the administrative county of Dorset.

The intention of Grant aid is to assist in the sympathetic repair of historic churches and chapels, or the historic fittings therein, to a standard that their architectural value merits and to ensure their continued use by the communities they serve.

Any cases of exceptional merit or need will be considered for our support if funds are available. Applications are to be submitted on a Dorset Historic Churches Trust application form, with audited financial accounts attached, to the Deanery Representative of the Trust in the area in which the Church is located.

A grant cannot be made for repairs started or carried out before the application has been approved by a meeting of the Trustees, except where prior permission has been explicitly given by the Trust. This is obtained by contacting your Deanery Representative.

All projects must demonstrate need and a well thought-out approach, backed by professional advice and have the necessary permissions.

Our Grants normally only cover a modest proportion of the cost of repairs, and the church or chapel is expected to make a substantial contribution. Grants will be paid, only after completion of the works, on submission to the Treasurer of a receipted bill or Architects completion certificate.

The Trust reserves the right to refuse or delay payment where doubt exists over the completion of the works to a satisfactory standard.

Preference for the allocation of Grants will normally be given to applicants with a past record of support for the Trust though gifts or taking part in the annual Cycle Ride.


Projects that the Trust can and cannot assist:

We will consider:


We cannot consider:



Essential repairs to the building's fabric

Routine maintenance and decoration.

Works to rainwater goods and drainage

Works in the churchyard.

Repairs to historic fittings; eg. stained glass, fonts, bell-frames, and pews

Heating and electrical maintenance

Major electrical works

New buildings or extensions

Major redecoration of historic features of the building and decoration following major refurbishment

New furniture or fittings


New bells or new bell frames


Replacement or repair of organs, clocks or sound-systems


If funds are available it may be possible to help with:

  • Replacing old rusted/dangerous boilers, and renewable sources of heating
  • Disabled access
  • Adapting an existing building for kitchens and toilets