Baptist Building CIO
Transforming buildings for mission




Empowering Change Fund - Grants for small churches with big ideas

Baptist Building Fund has been in existence for almost 200 years and during that time has made many loans to churches all over the UK for building projects. From time to time when churches close, the Fund receives the sale proceeds if the original trust deed specifies us a beneficiary. The Fund recycles most of these proceeds to create new loans to enable other churches to develop their work.

The Fund has now become Baptist Building CIO and as part of the new development, the trustees have decided that part of those sale proceeds should be earmarked for the Empowering Change Fund, to enable grants to be made to qualifying churches to help fund specific building projects which will directly further the mission and ministry of the church.

Who can apply?

The grants are aimed at helping small churches mainly in rural or deprived urban areas. In order to be considered for a grant, the church must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • The church must be in membership of an approved Baptist Association in the UK

  • The church should have a regular weekly attendance of no more than 50 adults

  • The church should have a maximum annual income on general fund of £50,000. (Evidence of reserves will be taken into account in considering applications).

  • The church should have a clear ongoing mission strategy and the proposed building work should form an essential component of enabling that mission strategy to become a reality.

  • The project should be small scale (less than £60,000) and standalone, not part of a larger project.



  • Grants will not be given to parts of a larger project. The grant cannot be used to pay off any debt in existence prior to the proposed project.

  • The church must apply for the grant before money is spent, and we cannot give a grant for work already done.

  • As each cycle has limited funds available, meeting the criteria does not guarantee that your project will be selected for the award of a grant.

  • Baptist Building CIO reserves the right to limit the amount of the grant which may be below the amount requested.

What level of grants will be available?

Grants will be considered in the range £5,000 – £25,000. The church will be expected to fund at least 30% of the proposed project costs.

What sort of work will be funded?

The work could include but is not limited to:

  • the alteration of the building to improve access;

  • adding toilet facilities for the disabled or baby changing

  • environmental projects; eg Solar panels

  • improvements to frontage to increase visibility;

  • alterations to interior to improve use of building and allow new activities;

  • addition of or improvement to kitchen

  • improvements to heating systems;  eg boilers, heat pumps;

  • improvements to storage facilities eg to store playgroup equipment.



What is the application process?


A church wishing to apply for a grant from Baptist Building CIO must complete our application form (Download one HERE) and email it to the ADMINISTRATOR along with the relevant information required on the form.  

The closing date for the current cycle of grants has passed. We hope to announce the date for the next grant cycle soon.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date to be considered within the grant cycle. Any application submitted after the closing date will be considered in the next cycle subject to available funds.

Where an incomplete application has been made, the date of submission will be treated as the date on which all the information was supplied. This may mean that consideration of the application will be deferred.

A sub-committee of trustees will give consideration to the application and its chairman, Rev Ian Bunce may contact the church for further information. The sub-committee will make recommendations on the grant and Baptist Building CIO will contact the appropriate Regional Minister (or equivalent) for a commendation.

Baptist Building CIO Trustees will consider the application and decide whether a grant should be made and the amount of that grant. That decision will be conveyed to the church as soon as possible after the Trustees meeting. The Trustees’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into about that decision and no feedback given.

If an application is successful, Baptist Building CIO reserves the right to include details of the project in its own publicity including its website and churches will be asked to consent to this as part of the application process.


For more details please contact our ADMINISTRATOR. You can download our Grant application form HERE



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