Scotland’s Churches Trust covers a broad range of topics previously carried out by the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust and Scotland’s Churches Scheme.
The Grant Giving element of SCAHT, a prime function of that Trust’s work, is a major element within the new SCT. The Grants Committee has seamlessly moved over, and applications for support towards maintenance and repairs will be assessed by that body.
The Grants Committee are able to call on the help and advice of a Scotland-wide group of professionals to help assess each application.
We assist congregations of any denomination in Scotland in the preservation and upkeep of church buildings which are in regular use for public worship, principally by raising funds for their repair and restoration and by acting as a source of technical advice and assistance on maintenance and repair.
Scotland has over 3,500 church buildings of all denominations. Over 2,500 of these are listed as being of architectural or historical interest. Country churches, medieval cathedrals, Georgian, Victorian and more modern church buildings contribute so much to the landscape, townscape and cultural heritage of Scotland.
Admiration and appreciation of Scotland’s church buildings will not ensure their continued existence. Congregations all over Scotland are struggling to maintain and repair their churches. Inflation and the increasing toll of the Scottish climate on buildings now one or more centuries old have caused many churches to fall into dangerous disrepair.
This trust is mainly dependent on support from private individuals, business organisations and all those concerned with maintaining Scotland’s valuable architectural and historic heritage.
The Inches Carr Trust wishes to encourage the playing of organs and has provided Scotland’s Churches Scheme with capital funding to assist churches in having their organs played more than at present. It is hoped that this initiative will contribute to the “open doors” objective of the Scheme and its member churches.