ACAT has welcomed the government’s announcement that the Listed Places of Worship (LPW) Grant Scheme has been extended for a further year to the end of March 2022.
Through this government-run scheme, listed places of worship can apply for a grant to cover the VAT costs incurred when carrying out urgent repairs to structures or roofs.
Without the LPW grant, churches would have to add 20% to the cost of repair projects.
ACAT Executive Officer Ashley Ellis welcomed the announcement saying: “While churches are responsible for fundraising for their own repairs, the scheme pays a grant to cover the VAT that’s incurred on urgent building work.
“In this way, it reduces the burden on congregations to raise funds and serves as a vote of confidence for the outstanding work they – and church treasurers – do year round.”
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Nigel Huddleston, told the House of Commons at the end of February: “I am pleased to be able to confirm that the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will be renewed this year on the same terms as it operated previously.
“This scheme will continue to benefit listed places of worship across the country during these difficult times.
“It will also help to ensure that they are able to reopen fully once it is safe to do so.”
For further information click here: http://www.lpwscheme.org.uk/ .