Are you claiming?

Author: Mr Robert Culyer

Published on: 14 December 2021

The Listed Places of Worship (LPW) Grant Scheme enables churches to reclaim VAT incurred in making repairs to listed buildings used as places of worship.

The money is paid back to the church in the form of a grant, so if you are doing a funding application and need match funding you could have up to 20% of your funding from this grant. The scheme covers repairs to the fabric of the building, along with associated professional fees, plus repairs to items such as turret clocks, pews, bells and pipe organs. The fund repays the VAT element of building repairs but also on professional fees such as:

  • Architects
  • Architectural technologists
  • Surveyors
  • Conservation advisors
  • Structural engineers
  • Bat inspectors
  • Archaeologists for work necessary for eligible building projects (current or planned)
  • Planning supervisors
  • Health and safety advisors
  • Maintenance plans
  • Accredited conservationists

Have a good look at everything that is eligible and what is not eligible at

If you have not claimed VAT, you have 12 months from the date of invoice. This is extra money for your church so have a look at the list and see what claims you can make.

  • You can claim the VAT on invoices received over the past 12 months
  • No need to register for the scheme
  • There is no limit to the number of claims
  • Some church hall repairs are valid

For more information look at their website or telephone 0800 500 3009. (N.B. The scheme is administered by a company called Topmark!)

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Mr Robert Culyer

Generous Giving Adviser Officer

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