Funding for church roof repair work

Funding is being made available to help keep places of worship standing.

Congregations in Northumberland are being offered to bid for grants from a £15m pot being made available by the government.

The funding – up to £100,000 – can be used to address urgent roof repairs to ensure the places of worship are weathertight, safe and open for use.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our places of worship are wonderful examples of our heritage that we’re proud to invest in.

“This fund will help conserve and maintain these historic buildings so they can continue to play a vital role in the communities they serve, for years to come.”

The Bishop of Worcester, Rt Revd Dr John Inge, lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings, added: “This will make a real and lasting difference to parishes that are awarded grants.

“A secure roof can last 100 years and will prevent gradual, and ultimately costly, decay of fabric.

“It will keep these important buildings warm and secure, allowing them to remain open and welcoming for both worship and wider community use.”

The closing date for applications is noon, Friday, January 30, and decisions will be announced in March.

Visit www.lpowroof.org.uk for details.