Church Building or Hall Projects

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.

  • DAC guidance on selecting an architect-  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
  • Architect's Brief- this weblink may also be of interest.


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 available official guidance is VAT Notice 708 - Buildings and Construction.  Sections 9 and 14.7 are particularly relevant to churches. Additional information relating to disabled access is available under VAT Notice 701/7.
  • 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 '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.

Links to sources of funding for conservation work to particular items



Also, see Finding Grants page, as well as 'How to Fundraise' for other suggestions; also speak with Emily Allen, Church Buildings Missioner, email: T: 01928 718 834 ex 268

Stories worth sharing

Diocese of Chester guidance on church building and hall projects, including examples of projects in our Diocese.  

The word image represents the top comments written in The Visitor's Book from a selection of churches in the Diocese during 2016.


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