Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Heritage Lottery Fund
New grant programme for places of worship.

On 14 December, HLF launched its new grant programmes for places of worship In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island. There have been some changes from previous similar grant schemes.

As previously, the priority remains structural repairs urgently required within the next two years that have been clearly identified and defined in a condition survey such as a Quinquennial Inspection.

This new programme is also designed to encourage more people and a wider range of people to take an interest in places of worship and to help care for it in the future. The HLF hope to achieve this by finding new ways in which places of worship can be used by the wider community beyond the primary function of worship and/or by providing new opportunities for people to find out about the heritage of places of worship.

The HLF will also fund new capital works, such as toilets or kitchens, improvements to heating or electrical systems, other works to improve energy efficiency, and works to assist with the on-going maintenance of the place of worship.

Decisions are made four times a year by local Committees. The first deadlines for submission at the end of February 2013 for the first Committee meeting being held in June.

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