Delivered by the Diocese of Lincoln and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Building Capacity in the Rural Parish Church in Lincolnshire Project will train volunteers in the art of writing grant applications for churches in the some of the most rural areas of the diocese.

Successful bids will fund vital church building maintenance projects, including repairs to stonework, guttering and drainage, so that they can continue to be used, visited and enjoyed by all. The project was launched in November 2019.

Caroline Wallis, Rural Churches Volunteers Project Officer, has said:

“Rural parish churches need our support more than ever before. Constant weathering over the centuries has affected the fabric of the buildings and persistent bad weather over the past few years has also taken its toll on rainwater goods.

“The onus for carrying out these repairs would usually lie with the clergy and the church community but it is increasingly the case that those already involved rarely have the time, the confidence, or the skills to take on church buildings maintenance projects in addition to their existing responsibilities. 

“This is why we are encouraging members of the public with a love of history and heritage to get involved with this project, which will provide training in bid writing and other useful skills to support churches in some of the most beautiful areas of the county. Previous experience in project working would be wonderful but is not required, the most important thing we’re looking for is some enthusiasm!”


Forthcoming events

Discover some of Lincolnshire's remarkable parish churches at this fascinating talk, delivered on Zoom over two weeks by our Historic Churches Support Officer, Dr Matthew Godfrey. The talks will cover churches from the earliest Anglo-Saxon settlements through to the surge in restorations during the Victorian age and Matthew will be explaining their development, sharing some interesting local facts and pointing out some architectural rarities. 

The talks will also offer those who attend the opportunity to find out more about our National Lottery Heritage Fund project. 

Both instalments of the talk will take place at 2pm, via Zoom, with the first on Thursday 25 February and the second a week later on Thursday 4 March. The talk is free to attend but booking is essential. To register, please visit: ruralchurchesproject.eventbrite.co.uk. Alternatively, bookings can be taken by Caroline, the Project Officer, on 07708 134 131 or by email: [email protected]

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