Crumbling churches in Birmingham will share a £280,000 windfall for urgent repair work.
The three historic chapels will be given grants to stop them from falling in to disrepair and protect them for generations to come.
Among them is St Giles in Sheldon which was built in the 14th century and remains one of the few surviving medieval churches in the city.
Worshippers at the red sandstone building have been awarded £117,000 to help pay for repairs to its weather-ravaged tower.
The church was the home of Christian missionary Rev Dr Thomas Bray and survived the English Civil War but still bears deep grooves in the bell tower where Roundhead soldiers used the stone to sharpen their pikes.
Church leaders were warned that they would have to close part of the building unless cash was found to replace badly worn masonry.
Grade II-listed Bishop Latimer United Church in Winson Green has been awarded £82,000 which will be spent on a memorial garden.
The 700-year-old St Edburgha’s Church in Yardley will be given £81,000 to spend on repairs to its tower.
The church has been at the centre of a heritage battle and raised £220,000 through grants and donations for work on its 220-ft tower spire.
A total of £1.57 million will be paid out to 21 Grade I and II-listed churches in the West Midlands by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
It has paid £140 million since 2002 to historic places or worship which have also been supported by expert advice from English Heritage.
Tim Johnston, planning director of English Heritage West Midlands, said: “Thanks to the generosity of lottery players, and the swift action of the HLF, the safety net of the repair grants scheme will continue.
“Local places of worship are often the most iconic and historic buildings in a neighbourhood.
“Many congregations are therefore faced with crippling repair bills, or watching these much loved buildings fall into ruin.
“The combination of HLF money and English Heritage’s expert advice can, and will, help these wonderful buildings, and maintain their role at the centre of their communities.”