Grants to assist places of worship in Sussex

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.

All denominations and groups are welcome to apply for grants.

What type of work is the grant for?

In our original declaration of the Trust, which was set up on the 11th August 1958, it was set out that the income generated by the Trust will be used to support places of worship, of all denominations, with work including:

  • Preservation
  • Repair
  • Maintenance
  • Improvement
  • Upkeep
  • Beautification
  • Reconstruction

How do the Trustees assess the grant applications?

The current policy of the Trustees is to try and confine grants to works of essential repair to the fabric of church buildings, with the emphasis being on maintaining the structure wind and waterproof. Priority is also given to buildings over 100 years old.

Works of decoration, embellishment, central heating and electrical maintenance are generally not considered suitable for assistance. Church halls or parish rooms are also not generally considered suitable for assistance.

In practise, the Trust favours making a significant number of relatively small grants contributing towards projects rather than a few large grants.

Places of worship eligibility

We wish to support a wide range of Sussex places of worship and religious bodies.

  • Churches, including a cathedral, abbey, minster or priory church
  • Chapels
  • Other buildings used for public worship in Sussex whether belonging to or used by the Church of England or any other religious body

How to apply for a grant

Grant application form

We welcome grant applications from churches and places of worship across Sussex. To get started simply read our grant application guidance notes and then complete our online Grant Application form. The guidance notes indicate where you will need to send all of your supporting documentation.

Once your application and supporting documents have been received, your application will be considered at the next Trust meeting which take place 3 times a year (January, June and October).

Grant Application Form Guidance Notes

Over 500 places of worship assisted

Find out more about us, our Trustees & Executive Committee Members and take a look at some of the work done with grants from the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. About us»

Friends of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust

Friends exist to give support to the Trust and to promote interest in and knowledge of historic churches and chapels over 100 years old and open for public worship. Find out more about Friends»

Are you fundraising through Ride & Stride?

Ride & Stride is our annual fundraising event and we want as many churches and places of worship to take part as possible. 50% of the money raised goes direct to the church the participant is supporting and so by being actively involved you will be raising funds and helping us support more places of worship in Sussex. Find out more about Ride & Stride»