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Heritage Lottery Fund announces major changes to Church Funding Schemes

12th April 2017

Heritage Lottery Fund announces major changes to Church Funding Schemes

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has confirmed that Grants for Places of Worship (GPOW) scheme will be withdrawn later this year with a final deadline for new applications of 14 August 2017. The GPOW scheme awarded £30m to listed places of worship in the UK and was an invaluable source of funding to assist in major repairs to listed buildings in the UK.

Heritage Lottery Fund has described and given its rationale for the changes in ‘A new approach to supporting places of worship’

“In summary the proposed changes are intended to:

  • simplify the approach for applicants in order to assist those with low capacity to apply for HLF funding;
  • provide more flexible access to funding to enable places of worship to become more sustainable in the longer term;
  • rationalise and streamline the portfolio of HLF programmes.”

ChurchCare has advised Diocese and Parishes that new applicants for HLF grants of up to £100,000 should consider applying to the HLF Our Heritage scheme with immediate effect. For larger schemes above £100,000 funding can be sought via the HLF GPOW scheme, until August 2017 or the HLF Heritage Grants scheme. The Our Heritage and Heritage Grant schemes can give greater flexibility to Parishes seeking to complete repairs and infrastructure improvements to their buildings.  

Barker Associates have had much success with the GPOW scheme and are familiar with the Heritage Lottery Fund requirements. If you would like to discuss possible funding for your place of worship please contact us for more information.