Trust invites bids for grants to help churches

October 27 2017

CHURCHES in need of repair or improvement could be eligible for a grant from an organisation that helps congregations look after their buildings.

CHURCHES in need of repair or improvement could be eligible for a grant from an organisation that helps congregations look after their buildings.

The Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust supports the maintenance of churches of any Christian denomination in South Gloucestershire, north Bristol and Gloucestershire if there is a struggle to meet the costs of such work.

Last year it awarded £130,000 for a wide variety of projects, helping 37 congregations keep their churches viable.

Recent beneficiaries include Cromhall Evangelical Chapel, St Leonard’s Church in Tortworth, Yate Methodist Church and All Saints’ Church in Winterbourne Down.

Grants are distributed twice a year, with the next deadline for applications set for October 31. There will be another at the end of April, with trust committee members meeting in December and June to decide where the cash should go.

Preference is given to churches which are in regular use and open to visitors as often as possible, and which can demonstrate a contribution to the local community.