A new Government scheme to help build a sustainable future for listed places of worship is to be piloted in Manchester and Suffolk, following direct negotions between ChurchCare and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
It follows the publication in December last year of the Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals and will focus on urban and rural areas in England.
The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge said: “Church buildings have always been a crucial part of the community life of this nation and the majority of them provide one or more form of social outreach or community facilities."
“In working with the Government on reviewing their long-term sustainability, it has been gratifying to hear many stories of churches that understand their Christian mission in terms of service to the community.”
The projects, expected to begin in early autumn, will receive a total of £1.8 million over the next two years and funding will be available across different faiths and denominations.
Further details are available in the announcement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.