Did you know there is a potential £25 million in little known funding for restoration work for historic churches? According to Ploughcroft’s research, 60%* of churches aren’t even aware of the government’s ‘Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund’.
Listed churches can apply to the fund to make roof repairs up to the value of £100,000. However, in order to apply for the ‘Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund’, churches must have a professional survey completed in advance, outlining all roof repair work necessary within the next five years.
Here at Ploughcroft we are urging interested churches to get in touch as soon as possible to secure their funding, with applications opening again this Winter, and the funding being allocated to successful applicants in 2016. Since the government announced the roof repair fund of £55 million in the 2015 budget, more than half of the money has already been allocated to a number of listed churches.
The roofing specialist is also providing help and advice for churches wanting to find out more about the funding, helping guide them through the process and act before it’s too late.
Chris Hopkins, Managing Director at Ploughcroft, said: “Raising money for a church roof is such a typical British community pastime, and now that there’s Government money available, it’s important we properly inform communities’ local churches and places of worship about how to apply for it.
“The funding is a great way for iconic churches across the region to ensure that they get the roofing repairs that their building so desperately needs, at a fraction of the cost. It’s a shame that so many churches are not aware that the funding even exists. Out of the 502 churches to receive the funding in 2015, only 35 of those were from Yorkshire and as a Yorkshire firm, we want to make sure that this is not the case in 2016.
“We’re urging churches and church goers from across the region to spread the word and act as soon as they possibly can in order to ensure their special church is not left to ruin, and that the funding is still in place. Ploughcroft can help to complete the necessary survey and assist in putting together a bid for the funding. The key here is to be prepared and make sure everything is completed in advance.”
Hilary Barber, Vicar of Halifax Minster said: “There should be more awareness of the government initiative, so that other churches don’t miss out on the funding. The ‘Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund’ isn’t something I had ever come across before, so it was great to hear about it. We’ll be looking at putting an application in this year, with the help of Chris at Ploughcroft, in the hope to repair our roof. ”