Funding Round Up

National Churches Trust’s Maintenance Grants Open for Applications

Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available to listed churches, chapels and meeting houses with repair or maintenance projects costing between £1,000 and £10,000 – where applicants can demonstrate that they have already secured a minimum 50% of the total project costs.

Congregations can be of any denomination that is a member or associated member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Unitarian buildings may also be considered. Priority will be given to Baptist and Presbyterian/Church of Scotland denominations.

The funding can be used for a number of different things, including:

  • Addressing access issues to high level to allow volunteers or professionals to perform regular inspections or maintenance of roofs and rainwater goods.
  • Introducing improvements to rainwater systems, such as introducing overflow spouts or installing wider-diameter gutters and downpipes.
  • Removing inappropriate vegetation growth from buildings that threatens historic fabric or rainwater management systems.
  • Replacing faulty or damaged gutter systems.
  • Repairing or enhancing damaged or inadequate ground drainage.
  • Investigating, repairing or installing soakaways.
  • Addressing lost, damaged or slipped roof tiles.
  • Addressing pest infestations.
  • Renew, re-fix or repair flashings.
  • Replace broken floor tiles.
  • Addressing masonry/brickwork issues and repointing.
  • Fitting new louvres and bird mesh in tower openings.
  • Internal repairs to ceilings and walls.

The Trust will consider places of worship in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Priority will be given to North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

There will be three closing dates for applications in 2018.

The first application deadline is 24 January 2018. Click here for more information.

National Churches Trust’s Partnership Grant Programme Open for 2018

The Partnership Grant programme is provided by the National Churches Trust in partnership with local churches trusts across England, and across Wales and Northern Ireland, with the goal of helping the local churches trusts to flourish.

Grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 are available for urgent repair projects with estimated costs of between £10,000 and £100,000 (including VAT and fees). The following criteria applies:

  • Project must be led by a qualified professional – a chartered architect (RIBA) or chartered building surveyor (RICS) or engineer with conservation accreditation (e.g. AABC) if working on a listed building.
  • Opening times – the place of worship should open to the public, beyond worship, for a minimum of 40 days a year, in line with other grant-giving bodies.
  • Friends – at least three members of the congregation must join the Friends of the National Churches Trust for a minimum of three years. The annual membership fee is currently £30 per person per year by Direct Debit.

A list of participating trusts can be found on National Churches Trust website. There will be three closing dates for applications in 2018.

The first application deadline is 10 January 2018. Click here for more information.

Forestry Commission Announces £1 Million Fund to Create and Restore Woodlands on HS2 Route

Forming part of the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is creating a network of new wildlife habitats along the route. This includes around 7 million new trees and shrubs on the first phase of the railway. In addition to this tree planting programme, a separate fund has been established to help local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and restore existing ancient woodland sites.

The HS2 Woodland Fund is a grant scheme aimed at helping landowners to restore Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS). £5 million will be invested in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands. The first £1 million phase of the Fund is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd. It is encouraging applications from landowners located up to 25 miles from the phase one route.

Funding of up to £8,500 per (gross) hectare is available for creating new woodlands, and up to £4,000 per (net) hectare of restocking is available for PAWS restoration, with additional payments for protection measures such as guards, fences and gates. The Fund provides capital funding to restore PAWS sites, at 100% of the standard costs for eligible activities.

The Fund will be available to all eligible woodland owners and land managers within a 25 mile buffer around the Phase One Act Limits of HS2, which passes through parts of Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, as well as the wider West Midlands. Applications that fall marginally outside of this zone but are of outstanding quality may be considered at the discretion of the Forestry Commission.

Launching the programme, Richard Greenhous – Director of Forest Services, Forestry Commission England said:

“The activity supported by the HS2 Woodland Fund supports the reversal of habitat fragmentation, by creating native and extending ancient woodlands. The restoration of plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) to native tree species can encourage distinct flora and fauna, whilst planting the right trees in the right places can help deliver wide-ranging benefits such as improved water and air quality and carbon sequestration.”

The scheme is due to open for applications in January 2018 and will close in April 2020, subject to remaining budget availability. There are no application windows or deadlines and applications are welcomed year-round.

Eligible landowners are now being encouraged to consider their plans and discuss potential applications with the Forestry Commission. Click here for more information.

Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence Open for 2018 Entries

The annual Museums and Heritage Awards are now open for entries to a total of eleven categories, covering all major aspects of the museums, galleries and heritage attractions sector in the UK. The Awards are also open to operators and suppliers unless otherwise stated.

Projects can be considered for a maximum of three categories from the following list:

  • The International Award
  • Marketing Campaign
  • Temporary/Touring Exhibition
  • Restoration/Conservation
  • Project on a Limited Budget
  • Innovation
  • Educational Initiative
  • Permanent Exhibition
  • Fundraising Initiative
  • Volunteers of the Year Award
  • Best Shop (turnover of under £500,000) / Best Shop (turnover of above £500,000)

The entry fee for the Awards is £95 for all categories except Project on a Limited Budget for which the entry fee is £55 and Volunteers of the Year Award for which all entries are free. The fee applies for each individual category entered into.

Submissions should relate to the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.

The awards ceremony will take place on 16 May 2018.

The deadline for entries is 1 February 2018. Click here for more information.

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