The Government has pledged to set up a review into sustaining Britain’s churches and cathedrals and to look at ways of making such buildings more financially sustainable.
No details of the review are yet available, but the move reflects the Government’s increasing concern at the financial problems churches face in keeping buildings in good repair.
The commitment came in the recent budget at the same time as the Chancellor announced a £20 million extension to the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.
Applications for the fund are now open with a deadline of 31 May 2016 for the first round. A further round with a deadline of 30 September 2016 will follow. More information is available via this link.
The Fund was originally launched in 2014 to coincide with the First World War centenary and was followed shortly afterwards by a further grant scheme for roof repairs to listed places of worship, open to all listed churches. The roof fund is currently closed for applications.