Grants are normally given for repairs to the fabric only.   Sorry, the Trust cannot assist with re-orderings, organ repairs or redecoration. But we are open to a good argument if you want to try us!

Guidelines for Funding

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Grant application form
Grant application form notes

As well as making grants from our own funds we can make recommendations to the National Churches Trust for further grants.

This year 2024 we have already support the following churches.

Seighford  St Chad (CofE) received £750 towards repair of the pinnacles.

Cobridge Christ Church (CofE) £5000 for roof repairs.

Uttoxeter Heath Mission (CofE) £1000 for structural eaves support.

Alton St John (RC)£2000 for high level pointing etc.

Tixall St John the Baptist £1500 for heating basics.

Stramshall St Michael and All Angels £250 for churchyard drainage repair.

Kingstone St John the Baptist £500 for lychgate repairs.

2023 awards

Shelton St Mark  has just received a further grant from us for help towards their very large repair work.  The events in the last few years have made the costs increase.  St Marks will be open on Heritage Open Day 9th September which is also Ride and Stride day.  Do take the opportunity to drop in and see what is happening with the current repair work.

Hamstall Ridware St Michael and All Angels has just been given a grant towards their audio visual installation.

St Michael & All Angels Hamstall Ridware is a Grade 1 listed village church originating from c. 1120 supported by the local congregation but now part of the united benefice of Kings Bromley, The Ridwares and Yoxall. To support full inclusivity and participation by all - regular worshippers and those who may only experience a church service at a funeral or other personal event - it was felt that an audio system with hearing loop serving the church interior should be installed.  Having sought the experience of other churches in the benefice and more widely, three audio companies were invited to provide solutions and quotations and the Diocesan audio advisor also carried out an inspection. The PCC were thus able to identify the best means for addressing the needs of worshippers and others using the church. Within the installed speaker system with radio microphone for use by the Rector an induction loop system has been included incorporating an ambience microphone to capture the general sound of singing for those using the loop. The SHCT were able to contribute towards the project costs and this has been greatly appreciated by the Hamstall Ridware PCC who are confident that the installation will help towards securing the long term use of the church for the community while being essential to support regular worshippers and those attending personal religious events.

Hamstall Ridware from the south

Hamstall Ridware from the south

In the financial  year 2022/2023 we gave out a number of grants across the county.  These went to:  

Wombourne Methodist                              £500

Our Lady of Lourdes Hednesford          £2500

Newborough All Saints                              £750

Salt St James                                                 £1500

Gratwich St Mary the Virgin                    £2000

Lichfield Cathedral                                     £2000

Shareshill St Mary and St Luke             £2500
Shelton St Mark                                           £2500

In addition we started a new scheme which supports 5 rural churches for an initial trail of 3 years.  The scheme lays on a contractor who will do a maintenance job twice a year – gutters, drains, slipped tiles and such.  He also reports to the PCC if he finds any major issues they might need to tackle.

At present the churches in the scheme are:

Elkstones : Wychnor: Bobbington : Rushton Spencer: Ellenhall 

Sadly, there was only one grant given in the 2021/2022 financial year.  This was to Darlaston All Saints for £1000.  Other grants have been offered but not yet taken up.  

Grants were given to the following churches in the year 2020/2021

Blore Ray  £1000
Shelton St Mark £2500
Moreton St Mary £1000
Rushton Spencer £1500
Aldridge St Mary £1500
Wetley Rocks £750

Grants were given in the year 2019/2020 to the following churches:

Cobridge Christ Church £1,000

Staffs Moorlands £5,000

Bilston St Leonard £5,000

Tatenhill  £4,000

Wetley Rocks £750

Grants were given in the year 2018/2019

Croxall St John    £1500
Short Heath Holy Trinity     £1500
Dosthill     £500
Bushbury  £5000
Hanley All Saints  £5000
Onecote St Luke   £2000
Clifton Campville   £2000
Calton   £5000
Tutbury St Mary    £2500
Wednesfied St Thomas     £1300
Norbury   £1000
Tunstall Sacred Heart  £1500
Gratwich St Mary   £1200

Grants were given in the year 2017/2018

Church Eaton S Editha     £500
Bradeley St Mary    £500
Levedale      £500
Cheadle St Giles (RC)   £1000
Bilbrook Holy Cross  £1000
Betley St Margaret   £2000
Tunstall Sacred Heart   £3000
Whitmore PCC  Cof E   £500
Wetley Rocks PCC CofE   £500
Madeley   £500

Grants were given in the year 2016/2017 to the following churches:

Whitgreave St John
Fradley St Stephen
Coven St Paul
Penn St Bartholomew
Rickerscote St Peter
Lower Penn St Anne
Denstone All Saints
Church Eaton St Editha
Bradley St Mary and All Saints