On 31st December 1986 a small handful of committed people, concerned at the decline in the ability of Christian church groups to fund proper care of our historic buildings, met to sign the Trust Deed thereby creating the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust.
Awarding its first grants in 1987, the Trust makes a major contribution to the preservation of our heritage by helping to conserve and repair ecclesiastical buildings of outstanding merit or of historic interest. It is non-denominational and can consider making grants to any Christian historic church or chapel in need of support. Most buildings in receipt of grant-aid pre-date 1914, but the Trustees may also consider places of worship built between 1914 and 1969.
The Trust raises money from :
- Individual donations
- Friends of the NHCT
- Fundraising events, such as our annual Ride+Stride
- Local authorities
- Charitable trusts and foundations
- The National Churches Trust (Partnership Grants Programme)
Today there are between twelve and twenty Trustees at any one time, invited to take on the role because of their expertise, knowledge of and interest in the preservation of our architectural heritage.
Among them are architects, archaeologists, specialists in many historical matters, landowners whose estates include an historic church, representatives from the legal and accountancy professions, surveyors, valuers and various other appropriate disciplines. All give their services free and are diligent workers in achieving the aims of the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust.
We would love to hear from you, whether you are thinking of fundraising for the trust or applying for a grant.
The Trust is a charitable incorporated organisation and is registered with the Charity Commission No. 1171623.