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Introduction

Dorset Historic Churches Trust exists to help conserve places of Christian worship of all denominations in the administrative county of Dorset, which are open for public worship.

The intention of Grant aid is to assist in the sympathetic repair of historic churches and chapels, or the historic fittings therein, to a standard that their architectural value merits and to ensure their continued use by the communities they serve.

Any cases of exceptional merit or need will be considered for our support if funds are available. 

As a trusted partner of the National Churches Trust, we have access to a number of additional grants for repair projects as part of the Partnership Grants Programme.  The Programme has provided over £1 million in grant funding towards repairs at churches and chapels over the last five years. Applications should be made directly to us following our usual application procedure as above/below/on this page. 


 

Guidelines for Grant aid

 

 

Dorset Historic Churches Trust exists to help conserve places of Christian worship of all denominations in the administrative county of Dorset.

The intention of Grant aid is to assist in the sympathetic repair of historic churches and chapels, or the historic fittings therein, to a standard that their architectural value merits and to ensure their continued use by the communities they serve.

Any cases of exceptional merit or need will be considered for our support if funds are available. Applications are to be submitted on a Dorset Historic Churches Trust application form, with audited financial accounts attached, to the Deanery Representative of the Trust in the area in which the Church is located.

 

A grant cannot be made for repairs started or carried out before the application has been approved by a meeting of the Trustees, except where prior permission has been explicitly given by the Trust. This is obtained by contacting your Deanery Representative.

 

All projects must demonstrate need and a well thought-out approach, backed by professional advice and have the necessary permissions.

 

Our Grants normally only cover a modest proportion of the cost of repairs, and the church or chapel is expected to make a substantial contribution. Grants will be paid, only after completion of the works, on submission to the Treasurer of a receipted bill or Architects completion certificate.

 

The Trust reserves the right to refuse or delay payment where doubt exists over the completion of the works to a satisfactory standard.

 

Preference for the allocation of Grants will normally be given to applicants with a past record of support for the Trust though gifts or taking part in the annual Cycle Ride.

 

 

Projects that the Trust can and cannot assist:

 

We will consider:

 

We cannot consider:

 

 

Essential repairs to the building's fabric

Routine maintenance and decoration.

Works to rainwater goods and drainage

Works in the churchyard.

Repairs to historic fittings; eg. stained glass, fonts, bell-frames, and pews

Heating and electrical maintenance

Major electrical works

New buildings or extensions

Major redecoration of historic features of the building and decoration following major refurbishment

New furniture or fittings

 

New bells or new bell frames

 

Replacement or repair of organs, clocks or sound-systems

 

If funds are available it may be possible to help with:

 

  • Replacing old rusted/dangerous boilers, and renewable sources of heating
  • Disabled access
  • Adapting an existing building for kitchens and toilets

 

 


How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted on a Dorset Historic Churches Trust application form, with audited financial accounts attached, to the Deanery Representative of the Trust in the area in which the Church is located.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact their Deanery Representative in the first instance before starting to complete the form, which contains notes for completion. Applications are to be submitted on a DHCT Grant application form, with audited financial accounts attached, to the Deanery Representative of the Trust in the area in which the Church is located.

 

 Grant Application Forms

You can choose the type of application form that is most suitable for you:

You can Download our Template Application Form which is designed to be completed on a computer

You will need to click on the vertical arrow above the displayed document to complete the download.

You simply complete  each entry field and then tab to the next one.

There are drop-down boxes and  links to external information sources to help you complete the form.

To action the hyperlinks to those external information sources you will need to ‘right-click’ your mouse and then choose  ‘open hyperlink.’

Print the completed form and get your Priest or Minister to sign it.

Then send it in both paper and soft copy to your local Deanery Representative together with copies of any supporting documents.

Alternatively:

You can Download our Offline Application Form (please right click and "save as" or "download"). This must be completed by hand and then signed and returned as above. Please ensure if possible that a soft copy is made by scanning the original so that it can be sent out to the Grants committee without costly copying and postage

We hope that you will find our Grant Application Process clear and straightforward.

However, if you have any queries or are experiencing difficulties you can contact your local Deanery Representative or email our Grants Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Recent Grants

Grants Awarded – 2017
 February    
St Candida and Holy Cross Whitchurch Canonicorum    Repairs to windows and stone pinnacle  £12,000
      

 

Grants Awarded – 2016
 February    
Tolpuddle   £5,000 + £5,000 NCT (National Churches Trust) Partnership Grant
Tarrant Keynston   £5,000
Gussage All Saints   £1,255
Canford Magna Parish Church   £2,000
June    
Melbourne St Andrew. For repairs to roof £7,500 +NCT £5,000
Milton Abbas. Milton Abbey  General repairs  £10,000

Poole   St Dunstan

Urgent electrical work

£1,000

Sutton Waldron

St Bartholomew.    
 General repairs £1,800 
 Upwey. St Laurence  Facilities   £12,000
 Weymouth. St John’s Repairs to floor and tower  

£5,000 + NCT £2,500

                          November    
Askerwell St Michael and All Angels  For facilities  £5,000
 

Bere Regis

St John the Baptist
Roof repairs  £10,000 

Blandford Forum

St Peter and St Paul
Repairs to roof and plasterwork

£6,500 +NCT £5,000

Bothenhampton

Holy Trinity
For facilities  £2,000 
 Charmouth. St Andrew  Replacing flooring  £1,000
 Cranborne with Boveridge St Mary and St Bartholomew  For facilities  £5,000

Lillington

St Martin of Tours
General repairs £4,500

Littlebredy    St Michael and All Angels

Repairs to roof and spire. £5,000 +NCT £2,500
Milton Abbas. St James Repairs to roof

£2,500 +NCT £2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Grants Awarded – 2015 
 February  
Blandford (St Peter & St Paul) £ 5,000
Charmouth       £ 4,000
Compton Valence   £ 2,000
Corfe Castle £ 2,000
Motcombe £ 2,000
Powerstock    £ 4,500 + £2,500 NCT (National Churches Trust) Partnership Grant
Sturminster Newton £ 8,000
West Stafford   £ 2,000
Winterborne Whitechurch  £ 1,500 + £2,500 NCT Partnership Grant
Wootton Fitzpaine £ 5,000 + £2,500 NCT Partnership Grant
June  
Charmouth                                                               £ 2,000
Frome St Quinton £ 4,500
Shipton Gorge £ 3,750
October  
Cranborne £ 6,000
Ferndown   £ 2,000
Hinton St Mary   £ 2,000
Hinson   £ 10,000 + £5,000 NCT Partnership Grant
Leigh £ 1,500
Margaret Marsh £ 4,000
Puddle town £ 9,500
Stalbridge £ 6,000 + £2,500 NCT Partnership Grant
Steeple £ 5,000 + £5,000 NCT Partnership Grant
Stoke Abbott £ 5,750 + £2,500 NCT Partnership Grant