On the 29 March 2015, the government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund announced the results of the first round applications.
The Fund was set up after the Chancellor of the Exchequer committed £15 million of funding in 2014. After the programme opened for applications, the significant demand resulted in the Chancellor committing a further £40 million to the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund in the 2015 Budget. This new money brings the total funding available to £55 million. Following the heavily over-subscribed response to the first round of applications, details of the second round are scheduled to be announced later this year.
Following FPL’s involvement in assisted a number of it’s clients in securing grants in the first round, the practice is keen to build on it’s success in working with other organisations, trusts and congregations of all faiths and denominations who are eligible to apply for a grant from £10,000 to £100,000 to meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs and rainwater disposal systems.
To be eligible for funding buildings must be listed and used for public worship. Places of worship that have received a previous repair grant from English Heritage, Historic Scotland, CADW, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Heritage Lottery Fund and/or other Lottery distributor, and where that project is not yet finished, are not eligible to apply.
As an AABC conservation-accredited practice, which is a prerequisite for working on listed buildings, FPL is entirely familiar with the implementation process for projects that are supported by grant-giving bodies, such as HLF and CADW and are highly-experienced in working with grant funding agencies and assisting congregations in the preparation of grant submissions..
For further information on how to apply can be obtained from Finlason Partnership. Below is the web link to our page which explains the broad range of work we get involved with. http://finlasonpartnership.co.uk/our-portfolio/listed-buildings-conservation/