William and Jane Morris Fund (Church Conservation Grants)
The Morris Fund was formed in 1939 following a bequest to the Society from May Morris, the younger daughter of William and Jane Morris. May Morris required that grants should be made only to support work that is carried out according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), which was founded by her father.
Grants are awarded to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not for structural repairs.
Applications are considered by the Society's Morris Committee, which is composed of Officers of the Society and Fellows with relevant expertise. The Committee meets twice a year.
The images above are 'The Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris)' (1868) by Dante Gabriel Rosetti which hangs at Kelmscott Manor (KM091)and a woodcut portrait of William Morris by Robert Bryden (1899). © The Society of Antiquaries of London.
£500 to £5,000
Deadlines for applications
There are two grant rounds each year and deadlines for the receipt of applications are:
- 31 March (applicants notified by 31 May)
- 31 August (applicants notified by 30 November)
Grants will be awarded to support smaller programmes of work concerned with the conservation of decorative or non-structural features such as:
- stained glass windows
- internal monuments and tombs
- wall paintings
The decorative feature, monument, etc must date from no later than 1896 (the year of William Morris’s death). Applications for features dated after 1896, even if they are in churches dated before 1896, are not eligible.
A professional architect or established conservator must be engaged to direct the work.
Grant-aided work must be completed within one year of receipt of the grant.
Completion of the work must be certified by an appropriate professional.
The following are not eligible:
- structural repairs and fabric maintenance
- alteration or decoration of buildings
- electrical rewiring and the repair or installation of central heating systems
- bells or organs
- works already completed (grants are not made retrospectively)
anything created after 1896
Apply for a Morris Fund Grant
- Please read the eligibility criteria above.
- Keep in mind that there are two deadlines each year, 31 March and 31 August.
- You will be required to upload a completed form when you submit your application, along with the necessary supporting documentation and photographs. Please read the requirements for completing the form carefully and follow the instructions.
- All applications must be submitted using our online application tool. When you are ready to make your application, go to Make a Grant Application.
Potential applicants might also like to look at other sources of funding: the Church Buildings Council, the National Churches Trust (which has links to county historic churches trusts) and the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.
Details of all successful applications since 2017 are available from recent awards.