• Apply for a Grant

    LHCT gives grants for repairs and improvements to historic churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout Leicester and Leicestershire that are used for regular public worship

  • We consider applications for projects costing at least £5,000, inclusive of fees and all VAT. Applications should be for specific projects, not for unspecified general repairs or maintenance.

    Since the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1964 it has provided grants totalling more than £1,150,000 for repairs and improvements to over 320 churches and chapels of all Christian denominations throughout Leicester and Leicestershire. The Trustees expect to award grants totalling £35,000 in 2020.

    The Trust supports projects to repair, restore or preserve the building fabric – such as roofs and roof alarms, drainage and rainwater goods, stonework and windows, ceilings and plasterwork – but not redecorating unless it is an integral part of a repair.

    The Trust supports re-ordering projects which will improve the use of the church by the community, including disabled access, toilet facilities, some forms of heating, and essential electrical works. 

    The Trust can consider applications for the repair and conservation of monuments, fittings, fixtures, stained glass, furniture, ornaments and chattels of churches and chapels, and churchyards (so long as the churchyard is still under the responsibility of the Church Council and also open for burials).

    Roof alarm grants

    Roof Alarm Grants – funded by generous grants from Allchurches Trust Ltd and from the Diocese of Leicester

    The LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust (LHCT) has been awarded £50,000 by Allchurches Trust Ltd to give grants to churches that wish to install a roof alarm.

    Find Out More

    Apply for a grant by completing the online application form below

    Before starting the online form, please read the Grant Guidance and if you would like to see all the questions in advance you can find them on the Print & Post form in a slightly different order. Once you have started the online form you can come back at any time to continue or complete it by clicking the "Save & Resume Later" button.  Our next grants meeting is on 3 November.  (To apply for a Roof Alarm Grant please see the dark blue box above.)

    Advice by email

    If you require any help or advice before or during the application process please contact Mrs Vicki Dolphin, Grants Administrator - Grants.LHCT@gmail.com - 01455 250613


    Grant Guidance

    Please download our Grant Guidance to aid you in filling out the forms.

    Download Grant Guidance


    Print & Post

    Alternatively, you can apply for a grant by downloading a paper copy of the application form below. Please post the completed form to the address shown in the Grant Guidance.

    Download Form

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