Created: Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:54
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced major changes to the way in which churches apply for funding, including the closure of the Grants for Places of Worship scheme later this year.
ChurchCare has produced a briefing document to guide dioceses and parishes as to our position on these changes and suggested next steps. We will update this as matters progress.
Existing applications should not be affected. Anyone concerned should contat their local HLF representative.
Created: Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:54
Help churches save money and switch to green energy. Shrinking the Footprint has partnered with Tearfund and Christian Aid to create this exciting new role coordinating the next phase of the Big Church Switch.
Recruitment for this post has now closed.
Created: Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:21
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved the first stage and initial funding for the 5 year “Bats in Churches” partnership project, bringing together wildlife and heritage conservation and church organisations to save bats and protect churches.
The partnership includes Natural England, Church of England, Bat Conservation Trust, Historic England and the Churches Conservation Trust.
The £3.8 million ground-breaking project will:
- trial and perfect new techniques to enable bats and church congregations to live together
- build up professional expertise and volunteer skill to share the best solutions with hundreds more churches
- bring together church communities and bat enthusiasts to create a shared understanding and appreciation of England’s historic places of worship and our rare flying mammals
Whilst small bat populations can occupy parts of a church without disturbance, in other cases bats can pose severe financial and social problems for congregations. At a time when churches are increasingly becoming community hubs with a diversity of events and uses, bat droppings can restrict activities, damage historic artefacts, cause hygiene issues and put strain on the volunteers who look after these beautiful buildings. In rare cases large bat roosts have even caused churches to close.
The UK has internationally important populations of bats, which are at risk, because of decreases in woodland where some species hunt for insects, conversion of barns, loss of natural roosting sites and changes in farming practices. Due to significant historical declines in bat populations in the UK, all bats have been protected under British law since 1981. Bats often use churches for maternity roosts and hibernation.
To read the full press release click here.
Created: Monday, 09 January 2017 13:19
The 2017 awards organised jointly by The Church Times and Shrinking the Footprint, the CofE’s national environmental campaign, are designed to celebrate the many projects already underway and to encourage new ones. More details about the catergories and key dates can be found on the Shrinking the Footprint pages.