Church buildings and graveyards are a source of inspiration, highly valued by many local communities. Churches often play multiple roles in communities, acting as centres of Christian worship with community use. In many rural villages, they are the last remaining, accessible building where people can gather for religious worship or community events. Historic church buildings require regular maintenance and repair, developing and enhancing what is there can offer a future sustainable use for much-loved buildings and their continuity can help bring stability and focus to our communities.
From January 2024 the Diocese has grants available for minor repairs and improvements to church buildings through the Church of England's Buildings for Mission programme. More information and details of how to apply can be found on the Buildings for Mission Grants page.