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Thanking everyone for their amazing support for Ride+Stride 2016, John Pickthorn, our Ride+Stride organiser, said: “Whether you cycled, walked, sponsored someone, or opened your church and provided welcome refreshments, you have been amazing. Thank you for all your hard work. You have helped to save beautiful and historic churches for everyone to enjoy.” Stay tuned for news of our next Ride+Stride on Saturday 9 September 2017.

R+S 2016

The rain did not dampen the spirits of this team from St Barnabas’ church in Walthamstow.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT

I  Do we qualify?

Great Sampford, St Michael the Archangel
Great Sampford, St Michael the Archangel
  • Grants are awarded for work that assists in the preservation, repair, maintenance, and improvement of Christian places of worship in Essex (including Thurrock and Southend) and the five London boroughs formerly part of the county (Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest)
  • Eligible improvements are those which help to reduce the need for future repairs, or which provide amenities that make the building more suitable for modern-day use
  • Examples of eligible improvements include the provision of lavatories and kitchen facilities, heating systems, and disabled access
  • Grants are not normally given for
    • electrical work (unless there is a written report by a qualified electrician stating that electrical installations are a fire hazard)
    • general lighting
    • redecoration (unless needed as part of a scheme of eligible repairs)
    • reseating
    • liturgical reordering
    • the introduction of other furnishings and fittings
  • Grants are not given for routine maintenance, although the Trust does make grants to parishes as part of the Gutter Clearance Scheme
  • Grants will not normally be made if work has already started
 Shield and crest of Thomas Leverton, architect, Waltham Abbey
Shield and crest of Thomas Leverton,
architect, Waltham Abbey

If you are unsure whether the work proposed will qualify for a grant, please contact the Secretary of the Grants Committee:
John Bloomfield, 39 Lake Rise, Romford RM1 4DZ
01708 745273
john.bloomfield@btinternet.com

II  Procedure

  • Contact the Secretary of the Grants Committee, who will send you an application form which must be completed and returned to him
  • Applications must be submitted by an officer of the church, otherwise they must be accompanied by a letter of support from the incumbent
  • Upon receipt of the application, a member of the Grants Committee will arrange a site visit to discuss the proposed work and its funding
  • the Grants Committee meets quarterly and a report will be submitted at the next meeting after the visit when a decision will be made.  The applicant will be informed of the outcome in writing within seven days

III  Requirements

No grant will be considered without the following:

  • a copy of the specification and quotations (where an architect’s estimate only is available, a grant may be offered in principle, subject to an acceptable quotation being provided at a later date)
  • photographs: typically, an exterior view of the church, and others showing areas where the proposed work is to be undertaken
  • a copy of the most recently approved church accounts
  • confirmation of necessary approvals, including faculty or other permission

Note: the Grants Committee advises applicants to apply to other grant-funding bodies. Guidance for funding building projects is available on the Diocese of Chelmsford’s website, http://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/parishes/development/money, and also from ChurchCare http://www.churchcare.co.uk/churches/funding-and-grants.