The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have announced significant changes to the way they will fund repairs to listed churches.
The changes will mean that for the first time in 40 years there is no state supported funding for church repairs despite the C of E caring for over 45% of the nations listed buildings.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has decided to close the dedicated Grants for Places of Worship Scheme (GPOW). Instead, they are encouraging churches to apply through their open grant programmes; Our Heritage (grants up to £100K) and Heritage Grants (over £100k). They have issued a press release, which is available here.
On the face of it, this is going to present difficulties in attracting funding for repairs; however, it can also be seen as an opportunity to better engage with mission, an opportunity for churches to engage with our communities, using heritage activities, in new and exciting ways.
Whilst the scheme will still be accepting applications in the May and August rounds, competition is expected to be fierce. We know that there are a number of churches who were planning to submit an application to the scheme in the coming months. If you are in this situation and would like to discuss your project further, do please contact Susan Rundle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Uell Kennedy (email@example.com).
We will be running a series of training events in the autumn (dates will be published in due course) to help churches rethink how they might still access the funding. If your church has been caught up in the changes, or is anticipating an application to the scheme beyond September and would welcome some training on how best to apply through the new programmes, please let us know so we can organise the appropriate trainings in the right locations. If this is something you would be interested in, please let Cath Fox know via SFDadmin@leeds.anglican.org.
For further information, the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division has produced a briefing note, which outlines the Church of England’s position and suggests how we might respond. Click here for to the briefing note.
**Scroll down for details of funding opportunities**
The opportunities to develop our mission and reach out into the community are great, but they often come at a cost which cannot always be met through the regular giving of the church members. There is a wealth of information available to help churches looking for funding, not least through the funding guides on the Parish Resources website.
Support and advice is available through the team to help with funding projects. Look out for regular training events on applying for funding or Susan or Uell can come out to visit your parish and have a chat about the opportunities and challenges specific to your project.
We will provide details of any on-going and one off funding opportunities that we hear about here, or if you want to receive emails alerting you to new funds available, do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to our mailing list.
To contact either Uell or Susan;
Watch this space for information and updates about on-going and new funding initiatives and opportunities.
Funding for projects tackling security issues in places of worship (Gov. UK)
If interested, the deadline is soon!
Grants available to projects working on increasing security in places of worship to protect buildings, improve security systems, or cover the cost of new equipment. Deadline 29th May 2017. Click here for more details.
Funding for urgent Structural repairs on church buildings (National Churches Trust)
Grants up to £40,000 for projects carrying out urgent and essential structural repairs to listed and unlisted buildings originally built as places for worship and open to public use. Deadline 3rd July 2017. Click here for more details.
Funding for essential repairs to architecturally significant church buildings (Churchcare).
Grants are available to support parishes and cathedrals caring for their buildings with the costs of essential fabric repairs such as roof and masonry repairs.
The next deadline is 14th August 2017. Click here for more information about funding and grants available for churches through Churchcare.
Funding for church projects aiming to increase community use of their buildings - National Churches Trust
The 2017 Community Grants programme is now open: grants available for up to £20,000 for projects supporting churches to improve their facilities, making them more accessible, enabling increased community use of places of workship. Next deadline is 3rd July 2017. Click here for further details.
Yorkshire Maintenance Project - National Churches Trust's Maintenance Grants Programme
The National Churches Trust, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, has set up this pilot programme which offers grants of between £1,000 and £2,500 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings, as identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or report by a gutter management contractor, and costed between £2,000 and £10,000.
Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works.
There will be three funding rounds in 2017:
The next deadline for applications is 10 May 2017...other deadlines in 2017 are in September.
JustGiving is now available FREE to churches. JustGiving for Churches is a special offer from the National Churches Trust that enables churches to fundraise online and by text. Click here for further information on this great opportunity.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
All Churches Trust
Heritage Alliance Funding Directory
Trust funding - you will need a password to access the search facility - please contact the team.
Awards for All
Parish Resources and in particular the funding list.
DAC - Churchcare grants