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Grants to help with church upkeep.

CHURCHES are being invited to apply for their share of a pounds 120,000 Welsh Assembly Government grant scheme for maintenance work.

Responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of places of worship lies with individual denominations.

But Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment division, can assist with its Maintenance Matters small grants scheme for places of worship that are listed as being of important architectural interest.

A grant of a maximum of pounds 500 per building is available for a range of minor repairs - for example cleaning rain water gutters and downpipes or securing slipped roof slates - which are necessary to keep them in good order.

Applications will be accepted for the next six months or until the budget is exhausted.

Half the pounds 120,000 budget will be allocated to Church in Wales churches and the remainder to other denominations.

It is the third year the scheme, which replaces the former Spring Clean scheme, has been operating.

Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones, said: "It is often the time spent on the upkeep of our historic buildings that saves them from falling into sorry disrepair and I'm delighted that we can help with what can often be a thankless task.

"In these difficult economic times any financial assistance should be embraced. I would urge anyone responsible for the maintenance of a place of worship to find out more about the grants available."

All listed places of worship in Wales are eligible.

. MORE information is available on 01443 336000.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2010
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