We appreciate the challenges that our applicants will be experiencing in these unprecedented times.
We want to give you the assurance that the administration of this scheme continues and we continue to operate and adapt the scheme to the benefit of our applicants.
Above all, we are here to help you.
If you have any queries regarding the application process or the scheme itself, please feel free to contact our helpline for any assistance on 0800 500 3009.
Methods to submit application
It is now possible to download an electronic version of the application form from this website,
type your responses, and then email the form (together with electronic copies or scans of the invoices and supporting
documentation) directly to us.
You can also download the application, type your responses, and then submit the form by email, while the copy invoices and
supporting paperwork are sent separately by post.
You can also download the application, type your responses, print off the completed form, attach copy invoices and
supporting paperwork, and send by post.
You can print the form, complete it by hand, attach the copy invoices and supporting paperwork,and then submit it by post.
Alternatively, you can contact us by telephone (0800 500 3009 ) or e-mail, request that we send you a paper version of the
application form, complete it by hand, attach copy invoices and supporting paperwork, and send by post.
Please be advised that every application is considered individually and on its own merits.
To ensure that the process is as expeditious as possible, and in addition to copies of the invoices being claimed,
please ensure that copies of all available and relevant supporting documentation are also submitted
(e.g. Schedules of Work, quotes/estimates, architect’s certificates, etc).
If you already provided a copy of the required supporting documentation on a previous application
(e.g. the Schedule of Work), then please have your covering letter or e-mail confirm that this is the case. It should also
quote the reference that was assigned to the application under which the paperwork was originally submitted.
We appreciate, and thank you for, your assistance in this regard.
The Listed Places of Worship (LPW) Grant Scheme gives grants that cover the VAT
incurred in making repairs to listed buildings in use as places of worship.
The scheme covers repairs to the fabric of the building, along with associated
professional fees, plus repairs to turret clocks, pews, bells and pipe organs.
The Scheme has been run by DCMS with a focus on preserving heritage in the fabric
of our UK listed places of worship. Since its establishment in 2001, the Scheme
has adapted to changes while continuing to support places of worship by delivering
the fairest possible system of making grants and ensuring that all faiths and areas
of the UK are equally able to make use of scheme.
Funded up to £42m, the LPWS has paid out £317m since its inception and assisting over
13,000 buildings. The LPW scheme presently receives approximately 7000 applications per annum.
Eligibility for a LPW grant is assessed against complex criteria, involving the eligibility
of the building and the nature of the work being carried out.
The DCMS recognises that there are particular burden
to the upkeep of our spiritual architecture. The Listed Place of Worship scheme grants aim
to redress financial short falls and continue to support our listed and protected architecture for future generations.
Topmark are the administrators of the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.
The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme makes grants towards
the VAT incurred in making repairs and carrying out
alterations to listed buildings mainly used for public worship.
This guidance is designed to help you in completing your application.
Please read this carefully before completing the application
To check if the place of worship which is the subject of the your application is listed, please refer to the relevant links below:
If you require further assistance then please speak to one of our operators on 0800 500 3009. Calls to this number are free from landlines and mobiles.
To avoid the possibility of duplicate payment we share some
of the information you provide to us with other grant providing
organisations such as Historic England, the Heritage Lottery
Fund, other relevant Lottery distributors and devolved
administration heritage agencies, Cadw, Historic Scotland
and Northern Ireland Environment Agency. We will hold some
the information you give on the database and use this information
to process applications and grants and to produce