Small Grants Programme

The Friends of the City Churches (FCC) is able to offer small grants to churches within the City of London and wishes to encourage more applications.

What can grants be used for?

Grants can be used for small repair or improvement projects in or outside one of the City churches. Recent examples have been repairs to door furniture at St Mary Aldermary, a replacement poor box at St Benet Paul’s Wharf, repairs to a 17th century bench at St Mary Abchurch and a grant towards enhanced security equipment at St Lawrence Jewry. FCC also has a designated fund for grants for textile repairs, such as kneelers, banners or vestments.

Is there a minimum or maximum grant?

There is no minimum amount that may be claimed, so even small projects can be funded. The FCC will not normally award more than £2000 to a single project.

Who can apply for a grant?

Applications can be made by clergy or administrators of any City of London church. Any FCC member or church Watcher may take the initiative, identify a project for grant aid and encourage an application, providing they have the backing of the church concerned. The relevant church will be required to take responsibility for the application by signing the application form.

What is the application procedure?

- Download Small Grants application form

- It should be completed and sent to

The Administrator
The Friends of the City Churches
St Mary Abchurch
Abchurch Lane

or emailed

- An estimate of the cost of the project and photographs should accompany the application form. The receipt of a completed application dossier will be acknowledged by email.

- The Trustees meet monthly (second Thursday of the month). In normal circumstances, Trustees will consider each application at the meeting closest to the date of the application’s receipt and their decision will be notified to the applicant/s shortly afterwards.

- The FCC will usually expect to disburse funds only once a project has been completed, and will expect to receive photographic evidence demonstrating completion. The FCC may wish to inspect the completed work. The FCC will require a receipt for the funds disbursed.

- In some cases an advance payment of a grant may be made to initiate a project, or whilst the project is in progress. In this case the FCC will pay the final balance only on completion. Where a project has been unreasonably delayed or abandoned, the FCC reserves the right to recall any disbursements made.


The FCC will not take responsibility for any management of the project, nor provide any warranty on the quality, condition or completeness of the work carried out.

Download Small Grants application form


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