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.

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

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 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). 

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


Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust

Churchcare - a wide variety of grants for restoration work as listed in their annual reports

Sources_of_Funding_for_Church_Conservation_Projects - as at August 2016 - bells, organs, windows and other specific items

Maintenance grants, by the National Churches Trust, to assist with small-scale preventative maintenance


Guide to Grants by the British Institute of Organ Studies

ON Organ Fund


Stories worth sharing

See the Resources page for caring for and redeveloping buildings. This includes examples from across the Diocese of recent church hall projects (improvements and new builds) and installing new facilities in church buildings. Also, a few highlights of the latest major repair and re-ordering projects. 

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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