Churches Building Fund Grants

THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH - CBF Grants Guidance Notes relating to Church Building fund grants

PART I – GRANTS

  1. Disabled Facilities Grants The Resource Sharing Group is prepared to make grants available to churches that wish to provide facilities for the disabled. Grants for disabled facilities will be limited to 50% of the cost and will be subject to a maximum grant of £5,000. Where the disabled facilities form part of a larger scheme, their costs will need to be identified separately. No work on the provision of such facilities should commence until the grant has been approved. Grants will not be payable where the facilities provided cost less than £1,000, nor are they payable for VAT (see note overleaf). Grants will only be considered which have the support of the Synod.
  2. Feasibility Study Grants RSG is also prepared, in approved cases, to make grants available to churches that wish to employ professional consultants to prepare a Feasibility Study of the present and future use of their sites and premises. Such grants will be limited to 50% of the cost of the study and be subject to a maximum grant of £1,000. The Feasibility Study should not commence until the grant has been approved. Grants will only be considered where there is a clear mission stated for the church which has the support of the Synod.

PART II – GENERAL

  1. Agreed grants and loans are valid for twelve months from the date of approval. Grants and loans not taken up by the due date will be deemed to have lapsed and further application will be necessary. A one year extension may be granted on request.
  2. Synod’s decision on grants is final. Resubmitted applications will not be considered unless they show substantial evidence of having been reworked or that there are new and justifiable reasons why the application should be considered again.
  3. Approved grants will be paid to the local church after the work has been completed, on submission of the relevant invoices.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS FOR GRANTS AND LOANS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SYNOD. AN ESTIMATE OF THE WORK TO BE UNDERTAKEN AND A COPY OF THE CHURCH’S ACCOUNTS FOR THEMOST RECENT FINANCIAL YEAR, OR A STATEMENT OF ASSETS, SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION FORM. NOTE: EXTRACT FROM THE CHURCHES MAIN COMMITTEE CIRCULAR 1997/6 - ‘VALUE ADDED TAXAND THE CHURCHES (GUIDANCE NOTES REVISED 1997)’:

“iv) Aids for Handicapped Persons on Church Premises The supply of goods or services for the following works are zero-rated when carried out on existing church premises:

a) The construction of ramps, or widening doorways or passages, or widening pathways from the gate to the porch, including any preparatory work or making good, provided that the work is carried out for the purpose of facilitating a disabled person’s entry to or movement within the building.

b) The installation of a chair lift or stair lift designed for use in connection with invalid wheelchairs, and the repair or maintenance of any such lift, including work done on it to improve safety.

c) The installation of a lift in a newly built annex to a church building with independent main access,where there is also internal access from the church. Subsequent repairs and maintenance to such a lift are standard-rated.

d) The installation of an induction loop system for the use of hearing-impaired persons, and its subsequent repair and maintenance are zero-rated.(But the provision of a general public address system is standard-rated, unless it is a first-time installation in the course of construction of a new church building.)

e) The provision, extension or adaptation of a lavatory for use by a disabled person in a church building, provided that the building is used principally for church or other charitable purposes and the provision,extension, etc. is necessary to facilitate the use of the lavatory by a disabled person.”

Prepared June 2008

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