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by Belinda





Are there grants available to help churches become disabled accessible with ramps and bathroom equipment?

Our church is attempting to open our doors to accommodate more community activities. However, we cannot accommodate people in wheelchairs or those using other walking aids as there is no ramp or adequate toilet facilities.

We are seeking grants to help us make these adaptations.


ANSWER:

Hi Belinda

The National Church Trust provides Community Grants to help fund toilets that will benefit your local community and increase access.  

Their 2016 Community Grants Programme is now open for applications for grants from £10,000 and above.  The closing date for applications is 12th September 2016.

For the 2016 funding it's priority areas are:

  • North East England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Baptist and Presbyterian churches. 


To apply: complete the on-line Grants Application form.

I would also recommend reading their guidance on how to fundraise for other tips on raising funds for your cause.

The Heritage Lottery Fund will also help towards improvements to places of worship. Their Grants for Places of Worship (England) is open for applications until 9th August 2016.

There are also grants for places of worship in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Grants range from £10,000 to £250,000.  Application forms and further guidance can be downloaded from the relevant page.

I would also ask the advice of a local Occupational Therapist as they will be able to tell you what you need and may have suggestions as to what to do. To find an Occupational Therapist contact either your local Social Services or NHS.

Do let us know how you get on and this will help other readers.

Julia

  

See also:  The Listed Places of Worship 

               The Joseph Rank Trust
















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