Local churches receive £2m funding boost

Saltaire URC 2 credit National Churches TrustMajor repairs at Saltaire United Reformed Church (URC) in Yorkshire, a Grade I listed building that sits within Saltaire World Heritage site, will be enabled thanks to a grant of £2million from the National Churches Trust.

Saltire URC is one of 15 historic churches and Quaker meetings houses that will share the funding from the Heritage Stimulus Fund — part of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

This means that eight buildings can be removed from the Heritage at Risk Register, and urgent repairs to stonework and roofs can be carried out at Saltaire URC and six other buildings.

Claire Walker, CEO National Churches Trust said: “The £2 million investment in our grants scheme by the Cultural Recovery Fund is incredibly good news. The funding is a vote of confidence in the future of historic church buildings and a recognition of their importance to society.”

Huw Edwards, Vice-President of the National Churches Trust added: “Local churches, chapels and meeting houses are the beating heart of local communities. It’s great news that grants for 15 churches and meeting houses identified by the National Churches Trust will now be made available with funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund. This will help the National Churches Trust to protect heritage and keep churches open so that they can continue to support local people.”

Other places of worship mentioned in the announcement on 22 October include, The Friends Meeting House, Kendal, Cumbria and The Friends Meeting House, Marazion, Cornwall and twelve historic Church of England buildings.

These are among 142 heritage sites to receive awards totalling £35 million.

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Image: National Churches Trust
Published: 25 October 2021

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