2013 09 24 from HRBALLIANCE
Historic Religious Buildings Alliance

The Government has announced changes to the scope and operation of the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme. This is the scheme which allows listed places of worship to reclaim VAT (with certain restrictions) paid for alterations and repairs.

The changes apply from 1 October this year. The details can be found at

These changes extend the scope of the scheme in important and valuable ways, and we are sure they will be widely welcomed.

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Becky Payne
HRBA Development Officer
24 September 2013

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Government has announced changes to the scope and operation of the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme, which will take effect from 1 October 2013. These changes will enable more listed places of worship to claim for grants through the scheme.

From 1 October 2013, works to pipe organs, turret clocks, bells and bell ropes will be eligible for claims under the scheme. Professional services directly related to eligible building work such as architect fees will also become eligible. These changes apply to works supplied from 1 October 2013.

From this date, applications to make use of the scheme will be accepted from religious and charitable groups whose main purpose is to conserve, repair and maintain redundant listed places of worship which are not in private ownership.

These changes will be accompanied by administrative changes to simplify claiming through the scheme including:

  • A new provision that in any 12 month period each place of worship may submit one claim using eligible invoices with a value between £500 and £1,000 (excluding the VAT paid). This is in addition to an unlimited number of claims where the value of eligible work carried out (excluding VAT) is £1,000 or greater

  • Scanned and photocopied invoices will now be accepted to support claims

  • The scheme will process payment runs each week to deliver a smoother flow of payments to applicants helping applicants receive their grants more quickly.

Full details of the changes and new application forms will be available on the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme website from 1 October 2013.

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