National Churches Trust awards £522,000 funding to historic churches around the UK

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14 August 2017
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Lundy-64527.jpg St Helens Church Lundy
Seventy historic churches in England, Scotland and Wales are set to benefit from funding of £522,241 from the National Churches Trust.

Seventy historic churches in England, Scotland and Wales are set to benefit from funding of £522,241 from the National Churches Trust.

Among the recipients are:

  • The church of St Helens on the island of Lundy in Devon (pictured) which will receive funding for roof repairs
  • Hull Minster, whose funding will go towards urgent repairs
  • St George the Martyr in Southwark, which featured in the Charles Dickens tale Little Dorrit, and has received a grant for urgent stonework and gutter repairs
Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust said: “I'm delighted that the future of 70 UK churches and chapels is being safeguarded thanks to a £522,241 rescue package from the National Churches Trust. The funding will help ensure that more churches and chapels can continue to flourish at the heart of their communities by safeguarding their architecture and making sure their facilities are up to date.”
 
Fifteen of the churches being helped are on the Historic England 'at risk' register.
 

Grant programmes

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Sixteen churches receive National Churches Trust Repair Grants to help fund urgent and essential structural repair projects. 7 receive National Churches Trust Community Grants to help fund projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship.
 
Five churches receive National Churches Trust Project Development Grants, a pilot grant programme offering awards up to £10,000 to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church and through development of plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders.
 
Nineteen churches receive National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants, a new pilot programme, run in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, 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.
 
In addition, 23 churches receive National Churches Trust Partnership Grants for urgent repair projects, awarded on the recommendation of local church trusts in England. For the first time, Partnership Grants are awarded to churches in Wales and Northern Ireland.
 
For more on the work of the National Churches Trust, visit their website.