National Churches Trust repair grants applications close 4 January
Published on 12 December, 2016
Churches with urgent maintenance needs are being urged to consider applying for a new maintenance grant programme for listed Christian Places of Worship within the UK. Time is tight, as the deadline for online applications is January 4th 2017.
The National Churches Trust is particularly encouraging applications from denominations with listed buildings in Scotland. It is offering awards 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 are costed between £2,000 and £10,000.
The deadline for online applications via its website is very soon, on the 4th of January next year.
A spokesman for the Church of Scotland’s General Trustees says the new maintenance grant is a welcome development.
“The National Churches Trust have been raising their profile in Scotland over the past two years. The General Trustees have had regular contact with the Trust over many years but, recently, the NCT have instigated some new innovative grant schemes.
“The recently announced maintenance grant programme offers small grants to assist congregations who are having to react to Urgent or Essential items in their most recent quinquennial report. Fabric Conveners will be familiar with the difficulty of suddenly having to find funds for urgent repairs and, equally, the General Trustees are very aware of the problems and extra expense which can arise when urgent items are not dealt with.”
The National churches Trust website stipulates that proposed works must be to the main listed church building, applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and also to have obtained two quotes for the works.
The new grant was developed by the Trust, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, identified a problem with current funding models, which often means churches are incentivised to wait until problems get very bad before seeking large repair grants. The Trust now wants to help churches address small problems before they turn into large repairs and encourage a proactive maintenance approach before a major building component fails.
Further information on the National Churches Trust and its funding schemes is available on its website.