Treasure Ireland

A new project by the National Churches Trust, to support historic places of worship in Northern Ireland.

The project, which will run over three years, includes a new grants fund which will offer between £500 to £10,000 for repairs and maintenance to help keep churches in good condition and so prevent expensive repairs.

‘Treasure Ireland' will also offer training and mentoring to help people who look after places of worship. This will include developing skills on writing funding bids, maintenance and interpretation and tourism.  

The project also aims to increase the number of people visiting churches in Northern Ireland for days out or as part of a holiday. At least 100 churches will be added to ExploreChurches providing visitors with a one stop digital gateway into discovering the architecture and history of Northern Ireland’s religious heritage.

‘Treasure Ireland’ is funded jointly by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, the Department of Communities and the National Churches Trust.

Treasured Ireland

Visit our Treasured Ireland visitor guide, where we will list all our Northern Ireland content.

Treasured Ireland



Introduction to tourism

An online workshop looking at how tourists and visitors can benefit churches, chapels and meeting houses across Northern Ireland. Part of Treasure Ireland in August 2020.

Our project partners


Pilgrim Trust

The Pilgrim Trust gives grants aimed at preserving the fabric of architecturally or historically important buildings, or to preserve historically significant artifacts or documents.


Department for Communities

Historic environment : responsible for historic monuments, buildings, parks, gardens, maritime heritage, industrial heritage, defence heritage and archaeology.

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