Church roof repair fund deadline looms

Places of worship have until 26 February 2016 to apply for grants for roof repairs

By Annette McGill

The second round of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund closes on February 26.

The Fund was set up by the Government to enable repair works to be undertaken to the roofs and rainwater goods of listed places of worship. This round has £25 million funding available which will be disbursed in grants of between £10,000 and £100,000.

The aim of the scheme is to enable works to take place that will make the building weather-tight and prevent deterioration of the fabric of the building. This will enable listed buildings to remain safe and open to the public, whether for worship or other community uses.

Repairs need to be 'urgent and necessary'

To qualify for grants, the repairs need to have been identified as urgent and necessary. Any listed places of worship in the U.K. of any faith which meet the criteria of urgent need are eligible.

Replacement of metal roof coverings following theft will be considered, provided that the funded works can be ensured for their full value.

The Government set up the fund 2014 and subsequently extended it because of the strong demand. So far, 502 places of worship have been given grants to meet the costs of urgent repairs. Money has also been provided for structural investigations, specialist reports and bat surveys.

For more information, and to apply for a grant, visit the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund website.

The fund is managed under the direction of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. ChurchCare will also be providing support and guidance centrally to dioceses and to parishes interested in applying.