Northumbria Historic Churches Trust Press Release: ‘Church funding opportunity – keep your building in good repair’

Press release dated: 7 June 2023.

Churches across the North East are being encouraged to take advantage of a funding opportunity this summer.

The Northumbria Historic Churches Trust has been helping to keep places of worship in good order since it was established in 1980.

The deadline for the latest wave of funding is fast approaching. But those who are unable to submit their application by the 30th June will have another opportunity when the final deadline of 2023 falls on 1st November.

Funding is available in two sizes this year – small grants of up to £10,000 and large grants of above £10,000.

The trust’s new chairman John Anderson said: “Following a successful re-launch of the charity in mid-April, we are witnessing the fruits of our labours with more churches demonstrating tangible interest in applying for grants; several have already benefited, as you will read, and we are now hoping more will be encouraged to come forward with worthwhile schemes that we can also support.

Last year, the Northumbria Historic Churches Trust was able to help 17 church projects of various sizes. They included stonework repairs at Hexham Abbey and at All Saints Church, Gateshead; as well as wiring repairs at St Mary’s Church, Easington.

A more recent case study is St John of Beverley RC Church. St John of Beverley RC Church was recently awarded £5,000 from the trust to help with the improvement/refurbishment of windows with works completed in April 2023. In respect of comments from the parish committee, the following was received:

The parishioners of St John of Beverley, Haydon Bridge are so grateful to Northumbria Historic Churches Trust for the financial support provided which enabled us to renovate the vulnerable old acid-etched leaded windows in our 1869-built church. They look and feel as new“.

The funding also allowed the parish to weatherproof the beautiful stained glass window which is a main feature in our church“.

Thanks to the generous grant this work could be implemented when needed, without delay“.

To apply, visit: https://www.northumbriahct.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant.

Download a copy of the Press Release here.

Northumbria Historic Churches Trust is a registered charity as no: 511314. Website address: www.northumbriahct.org.uk.