£1.8m boost for places of worship
HISTORIC churches and places of worship will be preserved and enhanced under a new government scheme.
Expert ‘advisors’ will work across Greater Manchester in a two-year £1.8m project.
The government said the scheme would help create ‘sustainable futures for listed places of worship’.
All faiths and denominations are covered.
Projects are expected to begin in early autumn and will share the total funding over the next two years.
Manchester is one of two pilot areas.
A government review last year called for greater community use of church buildings to help congregations raise income to pay for their upkeep.
Special ‘fabric support officers’ will work to give advice and develop maintenance and repair plans.
Heritage minister Michael Ellis said: “Britain has an incredible array of historic buildings important to all faiths which tell the story of our shared history and our communities.
“However the costs of caring for and protecting many listed places of worship can be prohibitive and lead many to fall into disrepair.
“The innovative pilots will help unlock the community potential of these buildings.”