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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.


The Cherish project provides grants to churches, chapels or meeting houses for church maintenance, urgent repair work or project development. They aim to see churches open and in regular use, available to all. The main goals of the funding are that:

  • Church buildings are well maintained, adaptable and in good repair
  • Church buildings are suitable, open and welcome

Funding will prioritise:

  • Work to architecturally and historically significant buildings;
  • Urgent/essential maintenance and repair projects as evidenced in a recent QIR, building survey or condition report;
  • Places of worship that can demonstrate a suitable maintenance system is in place, including a maintenance plan, to protect your building and the investment;
  • Places of worship with regular opening hours;
  • Places of worship that can demonstrate strong community engagement and sound plans for economic viability.

Full guidance is available on the National Churches Trust website.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland UK

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Who can apply

Listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, that are located within North-West England, Wales, or Scotland.

Buildings must be open for regular public worship for a minimum of six services per year.

Buildings must be open to the public for at least 100 days per year in addition to worship times, or meet this requirement within a year of project completion.

When to apply

The next deadline is 13 August 2024.

Next deadline: 13 Aug 2024

How to apply

Apply online via the National Churches Trust website.

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Activites funded: Heritage & building preservation Recreation & social activities

Beneficiaries funded: General public Local communities

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