Further funds available for Roof Alarm Grants

The Diocesan Board of Finance has added its support to the roof alarm scheme that is administered by the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust (LHCT) on behalf of Allchurches Trust.  

This means higher grants for every church that is awarded a roof alarm grant:-

  • A baseline grant of up to £1,500 for every church that is awarded a grant under the scheme (up to £1,000 from the Allchurches funds plus £500 from diocesan funds) – and the PCC must commit to maintaining the alarm system for a minimum of 5 years.
  • A further discretionary grant which LHCT will award under certain circumstances – for instance, where a church has suffered multiple lead thefts, or where the roof alarm scheme is complex and therefore more expensive.  Discretionary grants can be awarded from the Allchurches funds and/or from diocesan funds – giving LHCT very helpful flexibility to decide how roof alarm grants can best be funded.

Since August 2018, eighteen churches have been awarded grants and the scheme runs until 31 July 2020, or earlier if the funds are exhausted.

The generous support of both Allchurches Trust and the Diocesan Board of Finance for the roof alarm scheme for churches in the Diocese of Leicester is very gratefully acknowledged.

Please Note:-

  • Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively so please apply in good time.
  • Grants can be awarded before permission is obtained through the Faculty system so please enquire about applying for a grant at an early stage.  (LHCT has set up a speedy system for dealing with roof alarm applications and can usually give approval within a week of the application being received.)
  • Parishes should not apply direct to Allchurches Trust for a roof alarm grant as this will invalidate an application to the LHCT/Allchurches roof alarm scheme.


To apply for a roof alarm grant, please contact:-

Vicki Dolphin, Grants Administrator for LHCT  -  vicki.dolphin.lhct@gmail.com / 01455 250613 / 07761 436223

Janet Arthur, Chair of LHCT  -  chairman@lhct.org.uk / 0116 279 3995 / 07840 543288

(It’s best to contact both of us so that these applications are dealt with as quickly as possible – thank you!)




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