The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have confirmed that their dedicated grant programme for major repairs to listed places of worship is to close later this year, with two more rounds of applications before then. The scheme being closed is called the Grants for Places of Worship (GPOW) programme.
Churches and other places of worship will still be able to apply for lottery money using two other existing HLF grant programmes.
“We understand a targeted minimum spend will be set aside for places of worship applying for these two schemes,” says the diocese’s DAC Secretary Wendy Harris. “The schemes are called Our Heritage and Heritage Grants.
“Parishes are encouraged to make the most of the other HLF grant schemes available to them for carrying out repairs, and for other purposes. And there are two more rounds of GPOW available before closure.”
None of this affects the government's grant scheme for reimbursing expenditure on VAT - called the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme - and more details are available on their website here.
Additional useful information on the changes can be found on the ChurchCare website here.