From August/September 2017, the current Grants for Places of Worship programme will close to new applications. In its place, funding for repairs to places of worship will be available through HLF’s existing Our Heritage (up to £100,000) and Heritage Grants (up to £5million) programmes. ChurchCare has produced a briefing note explaining the implications of the changes for churches and outlining the Church of England’s position. It also suggests how we might respond, both at a policy level and in practical ways
The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance has added significant new material to its webpages over the closure of the HLF Grants for Places of Worship Scheme. On a practical level it includes guidance on how to apply now, for the remaining GPOW rounds and to the other HLF grants programmes
There will be two more application rounds in 2017:
15 May 2017 for a decision in September 2017
14 August 2017 for a decision in November/December 2017
Please note that the above changes do not affect the government’s grant scheme for reimbursing expenditure on VAT (called the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme).
Church security funding scheme
A reminder that the Home Office scheme for funding security measures at places of worship is open until 29 May . Full information about eligibility and how to apply is on the Home Office website.
ChurchCare grant application closing dates
22 May is the deadline for the programme that includes: Monuments, Textiles, Churchyard Structures, Timberwork, Church Plate and historic Books and Manuscripts.
All grant applications need to be supported by a conservator’s report following ChurchCare guidelines. More information.