Latest News from The Church Building Council:
Revised metal theft guidance from Historic England
Historic England has revised is guidance on metal theft, and published it online as a text only version. Sections 4 and 5 are most relevant before a theft, with advice on prevention. An illustrated edition of the guidance will follow later in the year.
In light of the recent tragic events in Manchester and London we would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Church of England website has a section dedicated to security which provides links to a wide range of relevant advice.
The commemorations of the end of the First World War in 2018 has given rise to fresh interest in beacons on church towers. Ecclesiastical has revised its guidance on church tower beacons, which is available here.
Grants and Funding
Grants and funding are available to help churches meet the costs of repairs to church buildings. To download a booklet on Charitable Grants for Churches please click here or see below for a list of available grants:
Roof Protection Scheme Grant
For a limited period, Allchurches Trust is making available grants to churches that would like to guard against metal theft by installing a roof alarm system. The scheme is simple: a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of an alarm/protection system approved by your insurer (whoever that may be), and in turn a commitment by your PCC to maintain the system for five years. Funds are limited and the closing date for applications is 31st March 2017 so please apply as soon as possible. Please note that works funded with the help of a grant under this scheme should be completed by 31st December 2017, though in exceptional circumstances an extension could be negotiated.
Alternatively you can return the form by post to:Iain Hearn, Grants Administrator, Allchurches Trust Limited, Beaufort House, Gloucester, GL1 1JZ. If you have any queries about the scheme, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yorkshire Maintenance Project has been created by the National Churches Trust to aid churches in maintaining their church buildings especially in relation to gutter clearance. They are working with The Pilgrim Trust to create micro-grants to aid parishes in maintaining their gutters. This is for 50% for the cost of the first year of guttering clearance. The project is hoping to secure fixed prices for gutter clearance so parishes know exactly how much they will have to pay. For more information please contact Janet Edmond or telephone 07734 392445. You can download a PowerPoint presentation on the Project here.
Grants for conservation reports 2017
In 2017, with thanks to the Pilgrim Trust for their generous support, ChurchCare has a fund of £35,000 towards costs for initial investigations (conservation reports, environmental / building performance surveys, technical analyses) to determine appropriate conservation works for items of historic, artistic or archaeological significance in churches. Conservation reports are an essential first step in projects involving the repair and conservation of artworks and historic furnishings in churches. They are also a key document to support faculty and grant applications. Applications are encouraged for items that are in urgent need of conservation. More information here.
Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme. The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Church yard improvements have been funded in previous rounds. From December each Tesco region will give away around £8,000 per month, spread over three projects. Applications should be made up to and around £5,000. No deadline. For support contact Mark on email@example.com Apply at: www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme
National Churches Trust Grants
The National Churches Trust support a wide variety of projects through their grant programmes. From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet - and many other projects - their grants help people to continue to serve, and to serve better, their local communities. To find out more about applying for a grant, please go to the following website: http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants.
Deadlines for applications to the 2017 repair, community and project development grant programmes will be 3 July 2017.
Heritage Lottery Fund - The Heritage Lottery Fund offer grants for a range of different works. Please click here for more information.
The Department of Communities and Local Government has confirmed that churches are eligible for Flood Resilience Grants of up to £5k.
Previously, churches had mixed messages from local authorities who have been administering the grants, it had not been clear that churches are eligible. If you have any further difficulties please contact Kirsten Firth.
For further advice on funding please also see the ChurchCare website.