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£25 million listed places of worship grant scheme open for next round of applications

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today welcomed the announcement of the reopening of the UK wide Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

An extra £25 million funding for the scheme for 2016 has been announced.

Organisations, trusts and congregations of all faiths and denominations can apply for a grant from £10,000 to £100,000 to meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs and rainwater disposal systems. Limited funding can also be provided for structural investigations, specialist reports and bat surveys.

Mark H Durkan said: “This scheme continues to provide valuable funding for essential works to our listed places of worship. It is a real boost that there have been so many successful applications to date in Northern Ireland.

“The extension of the fund provides a further opportunity for new bidders and also those who have been unsuccessful in the initial round to apply for support. I urge those with these valuable buildings in their care to make an application for the scheme which is open now.”

The Successful buildings who received funding in 2015 in Causeway Coast and Glens are as follows:

  • St Patrick’s Parish Church, Ballymoney, Co Antrim BT53 6JA, £28,300
  • St James’s Church, Ballycastle Co Antrim BT54 6EA, £85,800

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