The Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust, which is non-denominational, was created in July 1953 by the then Bishops of Chester and Stockport.

Since the “rebirth” of the Trust in 1992 it has given assistance to over 280 churches in the area encompassed by the Chester Diocese. In excess of £1,250,000 has been raised and given by way of grants to churches to assist them in a variety of ways. These extend from assistance with general repairs to church buildings, repairs to towers, bell cotes, lych gates, roofs, stained glass windows, organs, memorials and crosses, to mention just a few. Following recent legislation and changes to Health & Safety rules, several of the Trust’s current grants have been to assist with the provision of disabled access and toilet facilities. This has enabled churches to attract a wider audience from the local community and expanded the use of their buildings.

Please contact us to see if we can help your church from our funds.

As a trusted partner of the National Churches Trust, we also have access to a number of additional grants for projects as part of the Partnership Grants Programme. The Programme has provided over £1 million in grant funding towards repairs at churches and chapels over the last five years, and can now support some installation of facilities. Applications should be made directly to us following our usual application procedure as above on this page.

Until a few years ago, we administered the WREN grants for Cheshire, but no longer do so.  Applicants looking for grants for large projects may apply directly to WREN.  Other bodies can be accessed via our Links page.

Details of recent grants made by the trust can be found on the news page

To all ‘Ride and Striders’ and participating churches,
 We at the HCCPT would like to thank all the Cheshire churches who participated in last year’s Ride and Stride, either by opening your church or by sponsoring and providing ‘riders and striders’. The work of the Trust, to provide funds for churches struggling to meet repair and restoration costs, would not be possible without your support and we would like you to know how greatly appreciated that is. We know that some churches have had a large number of visitors on the day, in spite of the heavy showers across the county, but against that there were others who had none. To them we say a special ‘Thank You’ as you still took part and although you may have been the only one in a Deanery, making it impossible for the ‘ride and striders’ to add you to a circuit, at least you were included in the publicity. When allocating grants, priority is always given to those who have supported the event and a grant from the HCCPT can often unlock a further, more substantial grant, from the National Historic Church Trust.

Details of the 2018 Ride and Stride will appear here in due course.

John Headon, Ride and Stride co-ordinator


HCCPT JustGiving Donations Web Site

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The Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust facilitate the repair, maintenance and preservation of churches and chapels throughout Cheshire.

Please support the Trust by making a single or monthly donation via our JustGiving Donations Web Site. We accept all major credit/debit cards and will automatically add 25% in Gift Aid if you're a UK taxpayer.



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