The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance has made us aware of the following announcement from the Government:

The Government has announced (link to UK Parliament - Written Questions, Answers and Statements) that the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will be renewed this year, operating on the same terms as previously.

This is the scheme which allows listed places of worship to claim a sum equal to VAT which has been paid on repairs and alterations. It was due to cease running at the end of this financial year. The continuation of this level of Government support is very good news indeed.

Trevor Cooper, Chair, Historic Religious Buildings Alliance 


The question and answer are posted below:

Written question from Sir David Amess tabled on 19 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answers of 17 December 2020 to Question 128492 and of 20 January 2021 to Question 137326, whether he plans to extend the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme beyond 31 March 2021; and if he will make a statement.

Question answered by Nigel Huddleston, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) on 24 February 2021

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.