Funding and Training
Looking for examples of community businesses located within places of worship
The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance are working with The Plunkett Foundation and a number of other church and community support organisations to look at how places of worship can accommodate community businesses that sustain and improve services for local residents - as well opening the doors of much valued buildings in the process. There are some good examples of such enterprises trading in places of worship already - including shops, cafes and even accommodation. Our ambition is to see more communities and places of worship taking up this opportunity and will keep you updated with this project as it progresses.
In the meantime, please could you send us details of any examples you know of where this is an existing community business located within a place of worship or where a community business is directly supported by a place of worship even if it operates from another premises.. For this purpose, we are defining a community business as community enterprises that are owned and run democratically by members of the community, on behalf of the community. You can read more here https://plunkett.co.uk/inspire/
Please send any examples to Joanne Balmforth (Connexional Conservation Officer) email@example.com and/or Becky Payne at the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance firstname.lastname@example.org
You might also be interested to read the recent report published by the Plunkett Foundation into community shops and pubs 'A Better form of Business'.
Empowering Design Practices: LIVE 12 February 2020, London
Community design leadership in historic places of worship
Come and explore and celebrate the role of communities in shaping sustainable futures for historic places of worship. EDP Live will create a space for discussion and for sharing stories, as well as present the learning and resources developed through the five-year Empowering Design Practices research project. EDP will be sharing approaches to supporting community leadership and engagement in the design and adaptation of faith buildings. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/empowering-design-practices-live-tickets-83001595005
Grant Sources and Funding Information for Historic Places of Worship
Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
Information about the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme can be found at www.lpwscheme.org.uk. Please note that this scheme has now been extended until March 2021.
Ecclesiastical to donate £120,000 to good causes as part of its annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign
As part of its annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign, Ecclesiastical Insurance will be giving 120 different charities an early Christmas gift of a £1,000 donation, with 10 winners announced each weekday from 5 to 20 December. Winners will be drawn at random – and while it is not a popularity contest, the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected. Ecclesiastical is inviting people to nominate a registered charity close to their hearts to benefit from this festive boost.
Nominations are open from 5 November to 19 December and you can vote for your charity at www.ecclesiastical.com/12days
FCC Community Action Fund, England
Grants between £2k and £100k are available for projects which involve the provision, maintenance or improvement of public amenities including community spaces in places of worship. Projects must be based within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility. Deadline 11 December 2019
Community buildings, places of worship and faith groups - a guide for constituents (National Assembly for Wales). This funding guide outlines and signposts sources of financial assistance available to organisations and groups for the construction, development and maintenance of community buildings and places of worship. This guide also includes sources of financial assistance available for faith groups in Wales.
Historic Environment Scotland - Grants and Funding - Explore the wide range of grants and funding available to projects that share Historic Environment Scotland's aims to protect and promote the historic environment of Scotland.
The Heritage Funding Directory - Managed by The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Heritage Funding Directory is a free, easy-to-use guide to financial and other support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects.
The National Churches Trust - The National Churches Trust now offer three types of grant - Cornerstone, Gateway and Foundation Grants for Maintenance. Full details can be found by going to the individual grant programme pages accessed via the above link, which also includes important information about deadline dates. The Trust also provides Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants for churches towards the cost of building maintenance services.
Allchurches Trust - The Trust support the repair, restoration and re-ordering of churches and cathedrals of many denominations, especially where these changes support wider community use and help those in need. They give grants to churches and charities running projects aimed at tackling homelessness, poverty and loneliness, and many other social issues.
Faith in Maintenance - In 2005 the Methodist Property Office and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) developed a training course for volunteers responsible for historic chapels. The scheme, entitled Faith in Maintenance, is a unique project that offers training and support to the thousands of volunteers from all faith groups who help to care for historic buildings. It aims to give these volunteers training in recognising potential problems, understanding the use of traditional materials and construction and tackling common maintenance problems, while at the same time encouraging more people to become actively involved in their local community's heritage and to appreciate the importance of historic places of worship. The courses, which are free to attend, offer a full day of training including practical sessions and professional speakers and access to a dedicated telephone advice service.
You can find out more on the Society's website: www.spab.org.uk