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!”

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Volunteering enquiries

If you would like further information about supporting rural churches through volunteering, please get in touch with the Church Buildings Team by calling 01522 504050 or by email: [email protected]

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Previous events

A Snapshot of Lincolnshire's Churches
From the Anglo-Saxon to the Victorian

Talk 1: Thursdays 25th February and 4th March, 2pm
Talk 2: Thursdays 11th and 18th March, 2pm

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Places for both runs of the 'A Snapshot of Lincolnshire's Churches' talk by Dr Matthew Godfrey are now FULL. 

It is anticipated that the talks will be recorded without an audience and uploaded to the Diocese of Lincoln website in due course.

This page will be updated with the link to the recordings when these are available.

Thank you for your interest in these talks. 

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