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Church (or Church Hall ) Building Projects

This page gives details of funding for repairs and redevelopment of your church building or church hall, along with information about procurement (tendering) and VAT.

Fundraising support from Church House

1. Emily Allen, Church Buildings Development Officer. Emily's role is to build the capacity of congregations to care for and promote their church buildings, and realise the potential of such buildings as sustainable centres of witness, witness and mission.  Emily works to a priority list of churches as well as support to the 300+ churches in the Diocese. Examples of support includes Statements of Need and Significance, fundraising for building projects and heritage/arts projects. You can contact Emily by e-mail and by telephone on 01928 718 834 ex 268.

2.  Heritage section of the website. This gives an overview of the process of undertaking capital redevelopment or conservation projects and engaging people with the heritage of the building. Sections include how to write a Statement of Significance, how to grow the project team, how to manage the project, displays and interpretation etc etc.

3. Fundraising Guide. The other sections of this Diocese of Chester Fundraising Guide offers advice on how to fundraise.


Friends' schemes

Advice on setting up a friends' scheme is available on the Diocese of Chester website, Mission section.  These schemes can be a very useful way of raising the profile of your church, involving the wider community and generating income. The Diocesan page links to further guidance on the ChurchCare website, which has useful case studies to consider.

Procurement (tendering for goods, works and services)

It's important to understand when and how to tender for professional services, such as architect fees, as well as goods and works from a building contractor.  A funding application is likely to require evidence you have followed the correct procedure for tendering.

  • Further guidance-  although this webpage refers to QI Architects, the guidance can be applied wider to the appointment of architects as well as tendering for other goods and services.
  • Procurement guidance from the Church Buildings Council about the legal requirements for tendering for professional services (such as an architect), goods and works


On grant applications, you need to clearly show VAT both an expenditure and income on eligible works that qualify for VAT reclaim. This, therefore, affects the overall budget cost. To check which works can be included, speak with your architect. Also refer to the official websites:

  • The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (VAT reclaim scheme). This scheme makes grants towards the VAT incurred in making repairs to listed buildings mainly used for public worship.  The scope of the scheme was widened in October 2012 to include various development works such as toilets and kitchens.  The full range of work covered is now set out in an LPWG guidance note. The LPWG website includes details of application deadlines and total funding for the scheme. Additional information is available from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 

It was announced on 25th November 2015 that the 'Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme' has been maintained at the current level of £42million per annum for the life of the present Parliament, i.e. until 2020.


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