New Maintenance Grants help 19 churches

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

Supported by the Pilgrim Trust, Maintenance Grants help with small, urgent maintenance issues or repairs

The National Churches Trust has awarded Maintenance Grants totalling £40,205 to 19 churches.

A new funding stream, supported by the Pilgrim Trust, Maintenance Grants fund projects costing between £2,000 and £10,000 with grants likely to be between £1,000 and £2,500  towards small, urgent maintenance issues or repairs which reduce the need for - and long term costs of - building repairs.

The first National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants help 13 churches in England and six in Scotland.  Full details are given below.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said: “A problem identified with current funding focused on urgent capital repairs is that churches often  wait until problems get very bad and then seek large repair grants from funders.”

“Although there will always be the need for grants to repair structural fabric that comes to the end of its useful life, the National Churches Trust wants to help churches address small problems before they turn into large repairs."

"Under a proactive maintenance approach, our Maintenance Grants, awarded in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, will allow churches to solve small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs, costing between £2,000 to £10,000, before a major building component fails.”

About National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants

Places of worship of any Christian denomination can apply. We will consider applications for listed buildings of all ages.

For 2017 we are encouraging applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Buildings must have been built as churches originally and have 50% of the funds required already in place. Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must have obtained two quotes for the works.

How to apply

Further details can be found at www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants/maintenance-grants

The next deadline is 10 May 2017 for a July decision.

 

CORNWALL

Bude

St Genny’s church -  -Grade I - Anglican

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Replacement and repair, where possible, of cast iron guttering.

Saltash

St Dominic’s church –  Grade I  - Anglican 

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Replastering and redecoration of an internal wall, and the repair/replacement of dangerous loose floor tiling at the rear of the church.

DEVON

Ringmore  

All Hallows – Grade II* - Anglican –  On the Historic England  ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register.

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Work to include refurbishment of drains and gutters to prevent ingress of water leaking into the church building.

Torrington 

St Gile’s church –  Grade II* - Anglican

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Replacement of existing defective undersized cast iron gutters and downpipes with new enlarged rainwater goods.

ESSEX

Belchamp, Otten  

St Ethelbert and All Saints -  Grade I -  Anglican

£ 2,610 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Repairs to external flint walls and windows. Repointing entrance arch, buttressess and sills. Roof repairs. Internal cracks and limewash.

LONDON

St Ethelberga’s Centre  - Anglican 

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Work including repairs to increase the outlet size on a lower level gutter and to rehang the main door and install new fixings.

OXFORDSHIRE

Thorpe Mandeville

St John the Baptist – Grade I -  Anglican 

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Work to stop the entry of water through the various church roofs.

SHROPSHIRE

Bucknell

St Mary's church - Grade II - Anglican

£950 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant

Replacing the deteriorated base for Victorian tiles in the north aisle, including replacing some tiles. 

SOUTH YORKSHIRE

Sheffield

Cemetery Road Baptist Church – Grade II – Baptist 

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Urgent repairs to the low-level church roofs to prevent ongoing damage/deterioration to the internal spaces within the relatively recently refurbished rooms below.

Sheffield

St Matthew’s church – Grade II – Anglican

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

To restore a section of rendering on the north wall of the sacristy

SURREY

Newdigate  

St Peter’s church – Grade II* - Anglican – On the Historic England  ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register  

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Work to repair the North Gable ridge, which had death watch beetle damage.

SUFFOLK

North Hinckford

Borley church   –  Grade I  - Anglican

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Work to include urgent drainage repairs to blocked drains and soakaway, repairs to external (hydraulic lime) and internal (lime putty) render, followed by redecoration with limewash.

WILTSHIRE

Fovant

St George’s church – Grade II* - Anglican 

£1,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Repair of the wooden floor under six  pews in the South Aisle where the joists have rotted.

SCOTLAND

Ayrshire

Troon -  Portland Parish Church -  Grade II - Presbyterian (Church of Scotland)

£1,423 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

The replacement of Secondary Glazing to four windows with Polycarbonate Glazing

Dumfriesshire

Sanquhar - St Bride’s church – Grade B - Presbyterian (Church of Scotland)

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Emergency repairs to Vestry and Session House roof.

Edinburgh

St Margaret’s church –  Presbyterian (Church of Scotland) 

£2,500 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Works to include repairs to weathered masonry, missing pointing  and unsafe masonry.

Edinburgh

Craiglockhart Parish Church - Grade B -  Presbyterian (Church of Scotland) 

£1,732 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Works to include repair work to roof and ridge tiles on the main roof.

Moray

Lossiemouth

St Gerardine's High - Church of Scotland - Grade B -  Presbyterian (Church of Scotland) 

Renewal of flat felt roof of toilet annexe which was built on to the West Wing of the church

Renfrewshire

Bishopton

Bishopton Parish Church - Presbyterian (Church of Scotland)

£1,600 National Churches Trust Maintenances Grant.

Works to include masonry, window and rainwater goods repairs.

About National Churches Trust Grants

The National Churches Trust continues the work of the Historic Churches Preservation Trust, founded in 1953.  Together, we have allocated over 12,000 grants and loans in excess of £40 million to help the UK’s church buildings, which in current prices equates to over £90 million.

The National Churches Trust accepts grant applications from listed and unlisted churches, chapels and meeting houses of any age of any Christian denomination, to fund urgent structural repair works, and the introduction of new facilities that enable the building to be more widely used by the community, such as kitchens and toilets.

We also have a maintenance grant programme and project development grants.

Church buildings must be open for regular public worship (i.e. more than six services a year) and be located within England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.