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Introduction

Dorset Historic Churches Trust exists to help conserve places of Christian worship of all denominations in the administrative county of Dorset, which are open for public worship.

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. 

Any church wishing to apply for grant aid should contact their Deanery Area Representative for advice and assistance. Use the link below for details.  All completed applications must be sent to your Deanery Area Representative.

Deanery Area Representatives

As a trusted partner of the National Churches Trust, we can assist with applications to their grant programmes. 


 

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

 

 


How to Apply.

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.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact their Deanery Representative in the first instance before starting to complete the form, which contains notes for completion. Applications are to be submitted on a DHCT Grant application form, with audited financial accounts attached, to the Deanery Representative of the Trust in the area in which the Church is located.  Applications for the next two cycles of grants close on 25th February and 10th June 2019.

 

Grant Application Forms

You can choose the type of application form that is most suitable for you:

You can Download our Template Application Form which is designed to be completed on a computer

You will need to click on the vertical arrow above the displayed document to complete the download.

You simply complete  each entry field and then tab to the next one.

There are drop-down boxes and  links to external information sources to help you complete the form.

To action the hyperlinks to those external information sources you will need to ‘right-click’ your mouse and then choose  ‘open hyperlink.’

Print the completed form and get your Priest or Minister to sign it.

Then send it in both paper and soft copy to your local Deanery Representative together with copies of any supporting documents.

Alternatively:

You can Download our Offline Application Form (please right click and "save as" or "download"). This must be completed by hand and then signed and returned as above. Please ensure if possible that a soft copy is made by scanning the original so that it can be sent out to the Grants committee without costly copying and postage

We hope that you will find our Grant Application Process clear and straightforward.

However, if you have any queries or are experiencing difficulties you can contact your local Deanery Representative or email our Grants Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Recent Grants

2018

February 2018

Bridport, St Mary’s

 

£10,000

Lytchett Matravers, St Mary the Virgin

 

£4,000

Mapperton, All Saints

 

£1,000

Owermoigne, St Michael’s

 

£6,000

Seaborough, St John

 

£6,000

Silton, St Nicholas

 

£5,000

Swyre, Holy Trinity

 

£4,000

Winterbourne Steepleton, St Michaels’

 

£3,000

 

 

 June 2018

     

Bradpole   Holy Trinity

Towards recladding the spire with new shingles

£5,000

Catherston Leweston  St Mary

Towards repairs to stained glass

£2,000

Fifehead Magdalene   St Mary Magdalen

Towards waterproofing of the tower

£7,500 plus £10,000 NCT Partnership grant

Lyme Regis   St Michael 

Towards new render on the tower

£12,000

Tarrant Monkton   All Saints

Towards waterproofing of the roof

£2,500 plus £5,000 NCT Partnership grant 

Upwey    St Lawrence

Towards installation of kitchenette and lavatory

£5,000

Winterborne Houghton   St Andrew

Towards re-wiring and new heating

£7,000 plus £5,000 NCT Partnership grant

 

October 2018

Iwerne Minster

St Mary

For help towards the stone floor project

£7,500

Kingston Lacey

St Stephens

Towards replacing dangerous heating

£3,000

Motcombe

St Mary

For help towards re tiling and gutter repairs

£6,000

Poyntington

All Saints

Towards repairs to the vestry roof stone tiles.

£4,000

Shaftesbury

St James

For help with replacing lighting

£2,000

Sydling

St Nicholas

Installation of a new boiler

£2,000

Tarrant Monkton

All Saints

Further help with repairs to the roof

£5,500

Tolpuddle

St John the Evangelist

Rewiring 

(Using previous grant for roof) with the previous grant from 2016 now being carried forward for a further 3 years for this new project

(£10,000 )

West Lulworth

Holy Trinity

Replace timber spirelet and repair stone gutter and gable coping.

£6,000

Winterborne Stickland

St Mary

Replacing flawed electrics and heating.

£11,000

 

Grants Awarded – 2017
 February    
Whitchurch Canonicorum, St Candida and Holy Cross  Repairs to windows and stone pinnacle  £12,000
      
June    
Askerswell,  St Michael  For further help with facilities £5,000
Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  Towards general repairs £3,500
Bridport, St Mary  Towards roof repairs £10,000 + application for Partnership grant £5,000
Corscombe, St Mary  Towards new heating £8,000
Mapperton, All Saints  Towards roof and tower repairs £3,500
Milton Abbas, St James  Towards general repairs £3,000
Nether Compton, St Nicholas  Towards roof repairs £5,000 + application for Partnership grant £5,000
Puncknowle, St Mary the Blessed Virgin  Towards roof repairs £3,500 + application for Partnership grant £5,000
Trent, St Andrew  Towards restoration of windows £3,000
Wareham, Lady St Mary  Towards repair of the Beckett Chapel £3,000 + application for Partnership grant £5,000
Winterborne Clenston, St Nicholas  Towards facilities £5,000
     
October    
Bradpole, Holy Trinity Towards church repairs £7,000
Canford Magna (Dedication unknown) Towards roof repairs £7,500
Buckhorn Weston, St John the Baptist Towards church repairs £1,000
Chideock, St Giles Towards installation of facilities £12,000
Dorchester, St Mary Towards repairs to west window £7,500
Marshwood, St Mary Further help for repairs to windows £1,000
Purse Caundle, St Peter Towards urgent church repairs £6,000

 

                 Total Grants for 2017 - £114,000

 

Grants Awarded – 2016
 February    
Tolpuddle   £5,000 + £5,000 NCT (National Churches Trust) Partnership Grant
Tarrant Keynston   £5,000
Gussage All Saints   £1,255
Canford Magna Parish Church   £2,000
June    
Milborne St Andrew For repairs to roof £7,500 +NCT £5,000
Milton Abbas. Milton Abbey General repairs £10,000

Poole   St Dunstan

Urgent electrical work

£1,000

Sutton Waldron

St Bartholomew.    
General repairs £1,800 
 Upwey. St Laurence Facilities £12,000
 Weymouth. St John’s Repairs to floor and tower  

£5,000 + NCT £2,500

                          November    
Askerwell St Michael and All Angels For facilities £5,000
 

Bere Regis

St John the Baptist
Roof repairs  £10,000 

Blandford Forum

St Peter and St Paul
Repairs to roof and plasterwork

£6,500 +NCT £5,000

Bothenhampton

Holy Trinity
For facilities  £2,000 
Charmouth. St Andrew Replacing flooring £1,000
Cranborne with Boveridge St Mary and St Bartholomew For facilities £5,000

Lillington

St Martin of Tours
General repairs £4,500

Littlebredy St Michael and All Angels

Repairs to roof and spire. £5,000 +NCT £2,500
Milton Abbas St James Repairs to roof

£2,500 +NCT £2,500