Helping historic churches – our living heritage
We raise funds and provide £150,000 in grants for churches every year in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol. Our church renovation and maintenance grants help these buildings stay alive as active centres of community life and landmarks of the wonderful architectural heritage of this area.
Our Region has more than 620 historic churches, chapels and meeting houses. They are beautiful focal points in the landscape and many double up as community centres as well as places of Christian worship.
Our supporters include individuals, families, churches and businesses with links to Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol. Places of worship are encouraged to make an annual donation and take an active part in Ride+Stride each year.
Nowhere is history brought to life more intensely than in our church buildings. Often the oldest building in a community, they offer us the chance to stand, sit or kneel in exactly the same spot that ordinary people have done for many hundreds of years.
Whatever the age of the building, it tells us a huge amount about the aspirations and ideals of the individual or community which built it. From the fine ‘Wool’ churches of the Cotswolds, built with the earnings of the mediaeval wool trade, to the plain, classical lines of non-conformist meeting houses and more modern city churches, Gloucestershire has a wonderfully diverse selection.
Ride+Stride is an annual sponsored event in which people from all over the country raise money to support their local Christian places of worship. The event is operated in association with the National Churches Trust.
GHCT exists to help places of Christian worship of all denominations with repair, maintenance and improvement costs.
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.
At home due to Coronavirus? If your church needs help with renovation or maintenance why not use the time to apply for a grant? Plus we’ll update you soon on Ride+Stride 2020.
If you have a historic church building in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire or North Bristol requiring repair or renovation you can apply for a grant by downloading the form from the website before 30 April 2020
Fundraising pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to fundraise for St James the Great Church in Stoke Orchard.