Grants awarded to eight churches …and there is still time to apply for a Queens Jubilee grant, in HM memory.
At its recent meeting the Grants Committee of Suffolk Historic Churches Trust awarded grants totalling nearly £45,000 to eight churches.
The largest grant, of £10,000, was awarded to St Mary’s at Stoke by Nayland, after the fall of the outer flintwork of the south aisle wall (pictured above). United Reform Church had a grant towards replacing their heating system, and at St Mary’s, Stonham Aspal the money will go towards improving disabled facilities (pictured below).
Also awarded grants were St Margaret’s Westhorpe, St John’s Ilketshall St John, St Peters Fakenham Magna, All Saints Gt Ashfield, and St Peters Copdock.
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust give grants towards the cost of repairs and improvements to churches, chapels and meeting houses, four times year in January, April, July and October. Details of how to apply are HERE
Special Jubilee Grant for 2022- closing date approaching!
Trustees will soon be allocating money from the special Queen’s Jubilee memorial fund, where churches and chapels can apply for grants of up to £5,000.
“Applications for grants remain buoyant and Suffolk Historic Churches Trust is delighted that it was able to make awards totalling £44,900 in October”, explained John Devaux, SHCT Grants Chairman. “The Trust announced earlier this year that it will, in addition, be awarding Platinum Jubilee Grants of up to £5,000 for projects which would not normally qualify for a grant. The work should be a fitting tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth ll’s long reign and Jubilee.”
Applications to come in so far have included for a church weathervane, wheelchair ramps and handrails, organ repairs and commemorative stained glass.
The Trust decided to award this extra series of grants, totalling £70,000, with each grant generally being up to £5,000 for work that will benefit the community and congregation and will provide a fitting tribute to the Queen’s long reign. Structural work is not included as the usual grants can be applied for in those cases.
Generally, the Jubilee grants will be expected to cover the bulk if not the entire costs of the project and may include, but not exclusively: clocks, monuments, paintings, textiles, books, organs, stained glass and wooden objects.
The closing date for applications for Platinum Jubilee Grants is 31st December 2022. Further information and a grant application form can be found HERE