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Home Office scheme to fund security measures for churches

The Government has recently announced a further round of its places of worship security funding scheme. This allows eligible places of worship to apply for funding for protective security measures at their premises (such as the installation of CCTV, intruder alarms or external security lighting) where they might be vulnerable to religiously-motivated crime. The deadline for applications is 10 August 2018.

Key points:

  • The maximum capital cost eligible under the scheme is £70,000 (ongoing maintenance costs are not eligible), and the church is required to contribute at least 20% of this total cost.
  • Works must be completed by 31 March 2019.
  • To meet the criteria for consideration for funding, your application must demonstrate that your place of worship is vulnerable to hate crime, or has been subjected to an attack within the last 2 years, which was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or belief.
  • Funding will not be available for improvements, lead theft, security upgrades or measures to tackle anti-social behaviour or other criminality unconnected with hate crime.
  • Only buildings used for worship are eligible for funding, vicarages, community or church halls are not eligible.
  • Successful applicants must seek the appropriate permissions for the work to be carried out (e.g. planning permission; faculty or Archdeacon’s consent, as applicable).

Further information and details of how to apply can be found on the government’s website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/places-of-worship-security-funding-scheme and you can contact the Home Office via a dedicated email address securityfundingCED@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Here’s an example from a church in our diocese which has already benefited from a previous Home Office grant:

“The Home Office grant has enabled St John’s Deptford [Grade II listed] to install Lone Worker alarms and Video Entry System to the main church doors. This gives peace of mind and support to clergy and volunteers who work in the building, often coming and going alone. The Lone Worker alarm provides back up help if required and can be used walking from the Vicarage through the church grounds as well as by volunteers when leaving vehicles in the car park and walking through the church grounds. The video entry system enables us to increase access to the church midweek as well as ensure the safety of those who work in the building.”
The Revd Canon Peter Farley-Moore

You are encouraged to talk to your Archdeacon and your PCC’s insurers at an early stage, if you wish to explore this further.

Luke Tatam, Assistant Secretary to the DAC luke.tatam@southwark.anglican.org

Keri Dearmer, Historic Churches Support Officer keri.dearmer@southwark.anglican.org