5 of our churches have received much needed funding for urgent repairs to their church roofs in the first round of awards from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.
Five of our churches have received much needed funding for urgent repairs to their church roofs in the first round of awards from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.
St Bridget with St Thomas in Wavertree was the largest recipient with a grant totalling £99,500. The other four were St Thomas Golborne, St Mary Widnes, St Michael in the Hamlet, Liverpool and Emmanuel Southport.
Heritage Officer Ian Simpson who supported and advised churches on their bids said “we’re delighted to have been awarded just under half of the grant money we applied for across the Diocese. This will make a real difference to some significant buildings helping them become fit for mission and fit for purpose.”
The grant money was allocated for urgent repair work on roofs, gutters and drains. Churches needed to go through a competitive bidding process to be able to access grant funding from a heavily oversubscribed system.
Ian said "this means there are some worthy projects that didn’t get what they were after and I’m naturally disappointed for them.”
The government has, to some extent, recognised this as a problem and so in his Budget speech Chancellor George Osborne announced a second round of funding for 2015-16. “The good news is there’s another £25m available and unsuccessful churches can reapply. I will happily work with churches to ensure their applications are as competitive as possible. The bad news is that it is likely this fund will be oversubscribed”
Grant recipients will now work to deliver the vital repair projects.
The Diocese of Liverpool has recognised that we own and manage some of the most important heritage in the region. Grants like this help us to make sure that those buildings of note, interest and value to the community continue to be for for the mission of God in their communities.
Who received what?
St Thomas Golborne £77,700
St Mary, Widnes £70,400
St Michael in the Hamlet, Liverpool £97,300
St Bridget’s with St Thomas, Liverpool £99,500
Emmanuel, Southport £78,300
£25m more to be allocated
The second round, for the allocation of the remaining £25 million set aside for the scheme, is expected to open later in 2015. Both unsuccessful applicants under the initial scheme and new applicants will be able to apply, and ChurchCare will be providing support and guidance to those interested in applying. More information will be made available from the LPOW Roof Repair Fund
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