Fundraising and trusts

There are many ways to generate additional funds to support the mission of the Church. On this page, you can find out about grant making trusts and charities.

Further advice and information is available in our How to guide ‘How to fundraise for your project’ which can be downloaded here.


**NEW** Diocesan Funding Guide

This newly created guide is a one-stop-shop for all funders of church buildings and projects across the Diocese of Bristol. Download the guide by clicking here.

It is designed to supplement the National Charitable Grants for Churches guide.

Grants for churches

Ecclesiastical Charities

A number of ecclesiastical charities have for many years awarded grants in support of the work of the Church of England in the Bristol area. Parishes and, in some cases, other bodies are encouraged to apply.

Click here for further information.  


Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust

Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the county. Wiltshire has an extremely rich ecclesiastical heritage of more than 500 buildings.

Visit the WHCT website here.


Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust is, similarly, an independent, non-profit organisation which promotes and supports church buildings of historic, architectural and community value throughout Gloucestershire, and including churches within the diocese of Bristol which are within the unitary authorities of either Bristol City Council or South Gloucestershire. A list of grants awarded and projects supported is published half-yearly. The maximum grant normally available towards repair, maintenance and improvement costs is £5,000 but can be increased up to £10,000 in some exceptional cases.

Visit the GHCT website here.


Somerset Churches Trust

Somerset Churches Trust include several churches within our diocese, especially those formerly within the historic County of Somerset prior to the Local Government Reorganisation Acts. These should include any church south of the River, and several parishes within Bristol South Deanery.

Visit the SCT website here.   


Allchurches Trust Limited

The Allchurches Trust Limited (ATL) is a registered charity, providing grants in support of churches, church establishments, religious charities and charities preserving UK heritage. ATL is also the charitable owner of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, which specialises in insuring churches. Ecclesiastical passes all available profits to ATL, which in turn makes grants to a wide variety of charities.

Visit the ATL website.