Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust


GHCT exists to help places of Christian worship of all denominations with repair, maintenance and improvement costs. All projects must demonstrate a real need and a well thought-out approach backed up by good advice from experts.

Who can apply?

Any place of Christian worship within Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol.

Does my place of worship have to be a subscriber to the Trust?

No, but the Grants Committee is likely to be more generous to those which do support the Trust. When grants are awarded we ask applicants to support the Ride & Stride event, and display posters and information about the work of the Trust.

How do I apply for a grant?

Download the application form, complete it and post it to the Chair of the Grants Committee, Jonathan MacKechnie Jarvis, 73 Forest View Road, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0BY. Please answer all the questions and please do not start to complete this form until you have read the guidance notes. If you need further information please email

Grant application form
Guidance Notes to help you complete the application

What happens next?

When an application is received, we will arrange a meeting with you at your church to discuss your application and view the proposed work. This ensures that when the committee meets, first-hand knowledge can be shared, so that each member of the committee will have a sound understanding of your project and will be able to make an informed decision.

How often and when does the Grants Committee meet?

Twice a year, in June and December.

How long before each meeting do I need to apply?

By the end of April for the June meeting or by the end of October for the December meeting.

When will I know the decision taken at the meeting?

Generally within two weeks.

When will I receive the cheque?

For large grants, a member of the grants committee will present the cheque in person, smaller grants will be sent by post. In either case, receipts for completed work need to be presented to the Trust.

We’ve had a grant – what do we do now?

Congratulations on a successful application – we hope your project is a great success. To help us continue our work supporting churches, we’d appreciate it if you could do some or all of the following:
Take part in Ride+Stride – This is our biggest fundraising event and takes place on the second Saturday in September. The more people that can raise sponsorship to ride, walk or drive between churches, make a donation or take part in an alternative activity, the more work we can do. For more details email
Display the certificate that comes with your cheque – please put this on your church noticeboard.
Let your parish magazine know about the grant – here’s an article that could be adapted & printed.
Keep us posted with news and pictures of the works as they take place. We can then keep our supporters informed via our website and social media.

Grants we’ve awarded

In June 2017, grants were awarded to the following churches. Find more churches we’ve helped using our searchable map.

Town/VillageChurchProject Amount
Cold AshtonHoly TrinityRepairs to roof following lead theft£5250
Gloucester St John's MethodistRepairs to roof, rainwater goods & ceilings £5000
Yate MethodistRepairs to ceiling of hall part of church£250
Windrush St PeterRepairs to floor and creation of baptistery£2750
CheltenhamCambray BaptistRepairs to doorway£1250
Stroud CongregationalRepairs to windows, masonry etc £3000
Newnham on SevernSt PeterRepairs to stained glass window£750
PitchcombeSt John the BaptistRepairs to masonry and drainage £10,000
BagendonSt MargaretEmergency repairs to plaster£250
BrimscombeHoly TrinityRepairs to roof £250
TwyningSt Mary MagdaleneInstall support brackets for tower roof £500
TewkesburyAbbeyOverhaul Milton Organ£5000
Bishops CleeveSt Michael and All AngelsReordering transepts etc £7000
MinchinhamptonHoly TrinityReordering inc new floor, seating etc£8000
ElkstoneSt John the EvangelistConstruct loo in churchyard £500
ArlinghamSt Mary the VirginCreation of servery at W end of nave £1250
BeverstonSt Mary the VirginCreate WC and meeting area£10,000
Mangotsfield St James New WC, kitchen, floor and seating£8500
CromhallEvangelical ChapelLandscaped and floodlit signboard£500

December 2016 Grants

Dursley St James
Urgent repairs to tower pinnacles
Replastering and redecoration
St Margaret of Scotland
St Mary
Repairs to floors and drainage
Frampton on Severn
St Mary
Repairs to valley gutter
St John the Baptist
Renew S nave floor and improve drains

St Mary
Reroofing chancel

Holy Trinity

Renewal of boiler
All Saints
Winterbourne Down
Felling dangerous trees
St Luke and St John
Major repairs to roofs (phased)
St Andrew
Conservation of memorials
St Mary
Conservation of tombs£3000
OddingtonSt NicholasConservation of wall paintings
Temple Guiting
St Mary
Reordering W end
St John the Evangelist
Construction of loo in churchyard
Kingswood (Bristol)
Install electric gate to car park
Westbury on Trym
Holy Trinity
Reordering W end to include access work
St James
Installing and fitting out portable building for youth work next to church
Reordering, new loo, heating etc

June 2016 Grants

Whiteshill/HambrookEvangelicalRepairs including a new ceiling4000
DrybrookHoly TrinityRepairs to stonework and plaster2500
StapletonHoly TrinityRepairs to roofs (phase one)7500
DymockSt MaryRepairs to rainwater goods1500
WindrushSt PeterRepairs to floor, pews and font5000
Poole KeynesSt Michael and All AngelsStonework repairs1000
DursleyTabernacle (URC)Repairs (phase 2)4000
Great BadmintonSt Michael and All AngelsRewiring and new heating5000
FairfordSt MaryOverhaul organ2500
St BriavelsSt MaryRebuild organ (phase 2)1000
TortworthSt LeonardStained glass repair and conservation4000
BerkeleySt MaryRehang bells2000
Cirencester BaptistNew sound system3000
ElmoreSt JohnCreate WC (phase 2)1500
NailsworthSt GeorgeCreate 2 WCs and improve vestry area1500
Bishops CleeveSt Michael and All AngelsImprove kitchen area1000
SladHoly TrinityInstall central heating1500

December 2015 Grants

Minster (St Mary's)
Renewal of bells
St Margaret of Scotland
Renewal of nave and porch roofs
Renewal of roof
St Peter
Create WC and kitchen in North chapel /vestry
St Michael & AA
Provide lead lining to tower and gutters
New Testament Church of God
Construct extension to frontage
St John
Repairs and access improvements to spire
Newland All Saints
Urgent repairs to tower (Phase Two )
Frampton Cotterell
St Peter
Create meeting room in church
St Stephen
Repairs to roofs, rewiring (Phase One )
St Peter
Repairs to windows and memorials
St James
Urgent repair to tower roof
St Mary
Repair of table tombs
St Saviour
New floor to enable multi-usage of church
Staunton (Forest)
All Saints
Renewal of heating system
St Michael
Removal of former boiler and asbestos
St Saviour
Repair South slope of roof and rewiring
Bishops Cleeve
St Michael & All Angels
Repair of table tomb
Holy Trinity
Replace existing sound system

June 2015 Grants

WithingtonSt Michael Reroofing & repairs£5000
North NibleyCongregational ChapelRenewal of guttering£1500
SherborneSt Mary MagdaleneRoof repairs£3000
StinchcombeSt CyrRepairs to glazing£3000
TwyningSt Mary MagdaleneRepairs to tower roof£1000
SandhurstSt LawrenceRenew lighting and wiring, install kitchen£2000
Old SodburySt John the BaptistRoof and drainage repairs£2000
GloucesterSt Mary de LodeRebuild parapet wall on south side£3000
BarnsleySt Mary the VirginReroofing south aisle£4000
TidenhamSt Mary & St PeterRepointing and stone repairs£4500
CheltenhamAll SaintsInstallation of window guards£500
English BicknorSt MaryStonework repairs£2000
Viney HillAll SaintsRoof repairs£3000
Meysey HamptonSt MaryRenewal of heating pipework & radiators£1500
LeckhamptonSS Philip & JamesRepairs to roofs, stonework, glazing £5000
PilningSt PeterRebuild organ£3000
HaresfieldSt PeterConservation of C17 clock£500
DursleySt JamesRebuilding damaged chime installation£1500
BittonSt MaryTable tombs conservation (phase 3)£1500
BerkeleySt MaryRehanging bells and associated repairs£4000
ChedworthSt AndrewInstall audio visual system£1000
CirencesterBaptistConversion of community rooms as part of new church project£5000
Down AmpneyAll SaintsChuchyard extension£2000
PrestburySt NicolasExtend hall/church & improve access£4000
ElmoreSt John the BaptistCreate WC and drain, improve electrics£4000
Frampton on SevernSt MaryCreate kitchen within church£1000
CamMethodistImprove heating & kitchen facilities£500