Introducing the Sussex Historic Churches Trust

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1956 to give grants for essential repairs and restoration of places of worship of architectural or historic interest throughout Sussex. We are delighted to say that since 1956, the Trust has assisted more than 500 churches and places of worship across Sussex.

Our primary aim is to preserve the churches and chapels of historic and architectural interest, which are in use for worship, throughout Sussex.

In this context, "historic" means buildings which are 100 years old or more and we offer help through grants for specific repairs to the fabric of the building.

At the best of times it is difficult to raise funds for repairs entirely by local effort, sometimes the target seems out of reach. Today however, there are increasing financial pressures on all congregations, and there is therefore an increasing need around the country for church preservation grants and the Trust will help where possible.

Raising money to fund repairs

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust Income is derived from donations, bequests and the annual Sponsored Ride & Stride event.

  • Donations come from individuals, societies and some parishes. If you are not already contributing in this way, please consider doing so. Every contribution will expand the help the Trust can give.
  • Sponsored Sussex Ride & Stride is a great way to see some of the wonderful historic buildings in Sussex and raise much needed funds on a fun day out.
  • Friends of Sussex Historic Churches Trust raise money for SHCT regularly contributing £1500 to Trust Funds.

Who we are

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust has Trustees, Executive Committee Members and a lot of enthusiastic supporters and volunteers that ensure the Trust continues to be successful. In addition, we are thankful for the support of the Friends of Sussex Historic Churches Trust.

As a registered Charity, we publish our annual reports & accounts.