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.
The National Church Trust provides Community Grants to help fund toilets that will benefit your local community and increase access.
Their Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants towards projects such as kitchens and accessible toilets costed at more than £30,00 including VAT. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost.
To apply: First read the guidance notes and complete the on-line 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 may also help towards improvements to places of worship.
Grants range from £3,000 up to £5million.
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.
See also: The Listed Places of Worship