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Diocesan Church Buildings Grant Scheme opens

First published on: 6th February 2024

The Diocese of Leeds has opened its first funding round of our Diocesan Church Buildings Grant Scheme.

This funding aims to support churches with maintaining and improving their church buildings as vital centres of worship, community, and mission.

In 2021 we launched the scheme with a five year commitment, and in 2024 we have received some £272,000 Buildings for Mission grant funding from the Church of England, alongside the £80,000 we are putting in each year.

This additional funding has significantly increased our total grant fund and allowed us to broaden the range of projects that can now be supported through the scheme.

The funding can be used for minor repairs; projects which will improve the functionality of our buildings for missional purposes; and projects that reduce the environmental impact of our buildings, as we aim to meet the Church of England’s 2030 carbon net-zero target.

There will be three funding rounds this year, with the first deadline for this funding round being Sunday, March 17 for grant awards made in March.

Jonathan Wood, Diocesan Secretary, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this kind of support to churches across the diocese, especially with the increased capacity afforded by the Buildings for Mission grant funding we have secured.

“I want to really encourage churches to apply and take advantage of this funding, so we can make our buildings fit for the future, ready to be centres for mission in the years to come.”

The full details of the Scheme, and how to apply, can be found here.

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