Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

The Trust, now in its 26th year, has up to June 2017, awarded 314 grants worth £965,000 to 201 churches and chapels. The grants made over the last 3 years have averaged £5,000. This compares with the average, since its foundation, which now stands at £2,900. Rarely is the SHCT the only grant provider, churches having to search diligently for other sources to raise substantial sums, with the hope that the Heritage Lottery Fund will come to their rescue.

The work that our churches most often need is repair to the fabric: stone, brick, slate and wood. With our unforgiving wet climate, leaking roofs, defective gutters, down-pipes and drains feature more than anything. Our advice is to seek help early from the Trust to prevent small problems becoming big ones.

The Trust works closely with the National Churches Trust (logo, on right) and has been awarded a ‘Partnership Grant’ by them.  If the project meets their criteria we may recommend that a church is awarded a grant from this fund.  This may well be alongside a grant offer from us.  We would notify you if we are making such a recommendation and would pass the details to the National Churches Trust.

Please click here to view the grants awarded in 2016.

How to Apply for a Grant

Requests for grants must be made to the Grants Administrator (details below) on the official application form. Please read carefully the preceding, accompanying notes before submitting an application, which can be downloaded from this website by clicking on the above link.

The Trust will assist churches and chapels that are listed buildings or are of historical or architectural interest, and are used for Christian worship or ceremonies and are likely to remain so. The Trustees meet quarterly.

At the discretion of the Trustees grants are given for the preservation, repair, renovation and improvement of churches and chapels, and of their contents.

On Completion of the Project

On satisfactory completion of the project we present, at an appropriate service of worship, a certificate and cheque to the recipient grant-awarded church or chapel.

For further information please contact the Grants Administrator, Mr John Whiteside, at:

Bryn Awel, Pool Bank, Pontesbury Hill Road, Shrewsbury SY5 0YJ. Tel: 01743 791147
c.whiteside.whiteside@btinternet.com