Is my project eligible for a grant?
Any place of Christian worship within the historic bounds of Wiltshire, to include Swindon can apply for a grant.
Check the table of eligible repairs and enhancements here Eligibility For Grants
Does my place of worship have to be a subscriber to the Trust?
No, but the Trustees ask if applicants have supported ‘Ride & Stride.’ Conditions are attached when grants are awarded requiring beneficiaries to display a poster and continue to support the work of the Trust. Individual memberships of the Friends of Wiltshire Churches are also encouraged.
Email the Hon Sec at email@example.com if you have any questions on the eligibility of your church or the application process.
The Trustees meet twice a year in June and November together with Deanery Representatives.
Download the application form and save it to your hard-drive. Open the form from your hard drive. The application form is inter-active. Complete the form by typing directly into each answer box. The startpoint, type font and maximum number of characters are preset for you – any words typed beyond the set limit for each box will not be viewed or printed.
When you have completed the form, save it and then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org before the latest deadline for submission (17th April for the June meeting and 17th September for the November meeting).
We are committed to protecting your privacy and will protect your personal information in accordance with the WHCT Privacy Statement Sep 18
When the completed application form is received a copy will be sent to a Denomination or Deanery Representative. They will contact you to arrange a visit so that they can report to the next meeting of Trustees. In the meeting, Trustees will consider all eligible applications for a WHCT grant. Any applicant churches or chapels that stand out for their contribution to advancing the Christian religion may also be considered for a grant from the Hartham Church Charitable Trust Fund (HCCT Fund).
The Trust is currently in the National Churches Trust Partnership Programme, which provides additional funds for essential repairs and enhancements to Wiltshire churches. This programme closes in 2018 and we are waiting for details of the follow-on scheme.
The Hon Sec and Representatives may also be able to offer advice on other sources of funding. Other grant making organisations are listed in Charitable Grants for Churches and the Bristol Diocesan Funding Guide June 2018
How long before each meeting do I need to apply?
In order for visits to be arranged, made and reports prepared applicants should submit completed forms well before, and at the very latest by 17th April for the June meeting and 17th September for the November meeting.
When will I know the decision taken at the meeting?
Usually applicants receive the decision within two days of the meeting, followed by a confirmatory letter.
When will we actually receive the grant
Grants are paid by cheque by the Treasurer once receipted bills have been presented for a sum in excess of the grant awarded. Grants unclaimed for three years lapse, unless there are extenuating circumstances.