Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have ceased operating the Grants for Places of Worship (GPoW), which as the title suggested funded works exclusively on listed churches. Under the new schemes churches are competing with other projects that are looking for funding.
The Heritage Lottery fund operates many different schemes. Please have a look at their website at www.hlf.org.uk for more details, but the two most relevant to churches are:-
Whichever part of the UK's heritage you want to explore, HLF are here to help with grants of £10,000–£100,000.
An Our Heritage grant can help you protect and share the heritage you care about.
Your project could focus on anything from personal memories and cultural traditions to archaeological sites, places of worship, museum collections and rare wildlife.
HLF say ‘We’re passionate about the difference our projects make for heritage, people and communities. We take account of the outcomes your project will achieve in our assessment.’
Whether you want to rescue a historic building, breathe new life into a collection or record people’s stories, Heritage Grants can help with awards over £100,000.
The Heritage Grants programme is for larger heritage projects of any kind.
With HLF help you could set up an archaeological dig, preserve a historic place of worship, help people learn long-lost traditional skills, look after rare species and habitats, and much more
HLF say ‘We are passionate about the difference our projects make for heritage, people and communities. That’s why we assess applications against a set of outcomes.’
The team at HLF are very helpful, and encourage you to telephone them to discuss your project, and are more than happy to guide you. Their telephone number is 01223 224870.