As part of a broader interest in history and the historic built environment, the Wolfson Foundation supports the conservation of historic church buildings, representing as they do many of the oldest buildings in the country. Our programme provides small grants to Anglican churches for the conservation of the historic fabric of the building. Since this programme started, grants have been made to some 600 churches, generally of between £2,000 - £5,000.
Eligible churches must be listed (Grade I or II*) and eligible projects must be to the historic fabric of the building. Specific exclusions include work to bells and organs as well as the provision of heating or other amenities.
Applying to this programme
This is one of our partnership programmes and as such, applications cannot be made through the Wolfson Foundation website. The programme is administered by the Church Buildings Council a statutory body that, among other responsibilities, distributes grants and offers advice to those who have responsibility for church buildings. Applications for Wolfson grants are submitted directly to the Church Buildings Council using their online system. Please visit their website for full details of eligibility, submission deadlines and to make an application. General enquiries about this programme should be directed to the Church Buildings Council in the first instance. There is also helpful general information on their ChurchCare website.
Note that this programme is only for Anglican churches. Buildings belonging to other denominations that otherwise meet the above criteria may be eligible under our general historic buildings programme.