Methlick Church awarded £78,000 roof repair grant

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Methlick Parish Church has received a £78,100 grant to address urgent roof repairs through the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, named the first round of historic churches in Scotland to receive more than £2.2million of grants on Thursday, March 26.

Methlick Church

Methlick Church

Methlick Parish Church and 42 other churches across Scotland, from a variety of denominations, will now be made weathertight, safe and open for use.

Grants of £10,000 to £100,000 will meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs and rainwater disposal systems.

Money is also being provided for structural investigations; specialist reports and bat surveys.

This money is part of a wider funding package of £30million to 502 historic places of worship across the UK recently announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

The grants have been awarded through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund which was launched by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December 2014 with a UK-wide budget of £15million.

In his 2015 Budget speech the Chancellor announced a further commitment of £40million to the Fund.

This new money brings the total UK funding package up to £55million.

Grants announced on Thursday account for £30million of the allocated funding.

The Fund will reopen to new applications later this year and successful applicants will be announced in 2016.

All those who were unsuccessful in the first round of awards will be able to reapply.

The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).