Change to Grants for Places of Worship Fund coming–hope this isn’t bad news for our smaller poorer and remote churches #welovethemall

The Financial Times reports that next week, the Heritage Lottery Fund will announce that it is scrapping its £25m Grants for Places of Worship fund as of 2018. The HLF said church organisations would still be able to apply for funding for repairs and it would “target” a similar amount of spending for churches and other religious buildings. Becky Clark, secretary of the CofE’s Church Buildings Council, is quoted saying that previous funding levels were no longer guaranteed and that because of the demands of the application process the changes would hit “those churches with little or no community and churches which are under-resourced, in particular in poorer inner-city areas and very rural locations”.