Ideally parishes should have some money set aside for maintenance and small repairs each year. But if this isn’t the case, or you are faced with some urgent minor repairs you hadn’t budgeted for, where can you look for funds?
Repairs are work done to restore something that is damaged, faulty or worn back to a good condition. Examples of small repairs you may need to carry out are: replacing slipped tiles, patch repairs to a lead roof or repair of gutters or downpipes.
The following document lists some grant funders that might be suitable for these sorts of small repairs, for example funders who don’t require specific match funding or who give grants towards smaller projects.
To explore a larger range of funders you can also use the search engine Church Grants, which all parishes in the Diocese of Norwich have access to, by following this link – Grants and funds from external organisations.
The need for urgent repairs might be spotted during a regular building inspection by a volunteer, or identified by your architect in your Quinquennial Inspection Report. For some small repairs you won’t need a specification, or any permissions, but for others you might and if in doubt always check with your architect or with the Church Care and Development Advisor (click the link for contact details). Always use a reputable contractor who works using traditional methods to carry out repairs on a ‘like for like’ basis.