Greater Manchester is taking part in a Government-funded pilot programme to repair and enhance England’s listed places of worship.
The £1.8 million scheme, which will see expert advisors working with all faiths and denominations, comes in response to lthe Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals, which concluded that church buildings play a "vital role" in providing public services and a sense of identity to communities across the country.
The Manchester pilot will run until March 2020. Listed places of worship will be able to apply for a grant of up to £10k from a government-funded Minor Repairs Fund.
Historic England has created two new posts in Greater Manchester. Karen Heverin, administers grants across the region and advises on ways to care for buildings. A series of training events to help local volunteers care for their buildings will also be organised. Community Support Officer, Rachel Lake, helps to encourage wider use of buildings to serve communities.
For further information and details on how to take part please contact TaylorPilot@HistoricEngland.org.uk
Details of training to help volunteers care for their historic buildings will appear at www.HistoricEngland.org.uk