The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (LPWGS), administered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, refunds VAT on repairs and maintenance for listed places of worship within a fixed budget limit. The scheme, which started in 2001, has recently been extended until April 2015 albeit in a revised form with exclusions such as professional fees and repairs to clocks, pews, bells and organs. The way in which payments are claimed and calculated also changed in 2011 and it therefore advisable to check on the scheme’s website for full details.
The National Churches Trust was launched in 2007 as the only national, non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting places of worship used by Christian denominations throughout the UK. The Trust promotes the use of these buildings by congregations and the wider community – underlining their importance to society.
The aim of the Trust is to protect, restore and enhance all historic buildings within the County of Nottinghamshire.
The project aims to build a database of historical knowledge on all of the churches of Southwell Diocese.
The Churches Conservation Trust was set up to care for Church of England churches no longer needed for parish use. All the churches are architecturally or historically important: most are Grade I or Grade II*.
English Heritage ensures that the historic environment of England is properly maintained and cared for. Repair Grants for Places of Worship in England 2002 – 2005 is a scheme jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage and gives grants for urgent repairs to listed buildings which are in regular use as a place of worship (excluding cathedrals).
The Heritage Lottery Fund distributes money raised by the national Lottery to support all aspects of heritage in the UK, from historic buildings and museums to archives, nature conservation and oral history. They provide both capital grants (for buildings and equipment) and time-limited activity grants.