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Historic Churches Support

The Historic Churches Support Officer is Matthew Godfrey. Matthew's role gives every parish access to advice, support and encouragement as they engage with their church building. Whether  it's guidance on gutters, or grant application advice, queries can be dealt with from a quick telephone conversation to on-site visits.  The Historic Churches Support Officer works closely with, but separately from, the DAC. 

Three key areas of support available are:

Maintenance: assistance developing a maintenance plan, direction on general maintenance work, or for resources such as maintenance calendars or training days.

Fundraising: help to develop a fundraising strategy, access up to date information regarding charitable trusts and advice on how to apply for grants.

Heritage: historical information, insight into the art, archaeology and architecture of your building, advice on interpreting your church through guide books or guided tours, or for other ways of developing your building's heritage potential.


The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched its new Grants for Places of Worship (GPOW) scheme. This new funding opportunity replaces the scheme formerly adminstered by English Heritage. As before, it is available to listed places of worship seeking to undertake urgent, structural repairs; however, the new scheme has a strong focus on learning and engaging communities through wide-ranging activities. The scheme also makes available an additional 15% of the total project costs for improvements to facilities, such as heating and lighting, and interpretation. 

The Historic Churches Support Officer and Church Development Officer have produced a comprehensive Resources Pack to help you care for and sustain your church building. We also offer training on all aspects of the Resources Pack; plus training for Church Guides. Please contact us for further details.

Forthcoming events

The Church Buildings Department offers open surgeries at Edward King House in Lincoln for church representatives who wish to get advice about Faculty procedure, writing Statements of Need and Significance, filling out grant applications or any other church buildings-related matter.

The remaining dates for 2017 are:
Thursday, 9th November
Tuesday, 5th December

Surgery Days for 2018 are as follows:
Tuesday, 9th January
Thursday, 8th February
Tuesday, 13th March
Thursday, 26th April
Tuesday, 22nd May
Thursday, 28th June
Tuesday, 17th July
Thursday, 13th September
Tuesday, 16th October
Thursday, 15th November
Tuesday, 11th December

Further information may be obtained from the Historic Churches Support Officer, Matthew Godfrey.
T: 01522 50 40 48

Resources Pack  
Acquiring Faculty
Amenities - Lavatories, Meeting Rooms etc.
Applying for Grants

Resources pack_charitable_grants_for_churches.pdf, 360 KB PDF document

Events and Activities - part I
Events and Activities - part II
Guide to Chancel Repair Liability 
HLF Grants for Places of Worship - Application Guidance 
Interpreting Your Church
Maintenance Audit
Opening Your Church
Repairs and Alterations 
Statement of Need - part I
Statement of Need - part II
Statement of Significance - part I
Statement of Significance - part II
Top Ten Tips for Churches 
Useful Links
'Your Church, Your Visitors' Survey