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The checklist below sets out the general principles of which costs are eligible under the scheme, and is intended as guidance only. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list as there may be areas that we have overlooked. Final decisions will be at the discretion of DCMS.

We recognise that the terminology predominantly corresponds to features of Church of England places of worship, which account for the majority of claims on the scheme. Notwithstanding, the scheme is open to listed places of worship of all denominations and religions (see Note 1.2 and 1.3) and aims to provide equivalent treatment to listed places of worship used by other denominations and religions.

Where an invoice covers both eligible and ineligible works, the applicant should make an apportionment in respect of these costs.

If you are in any doubt as to whether your claim qualifies for a grant, please contact the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme direct on 0800 500 3009 .



  • Roofs
  • Vestries
  • Chancels
  • Towers
  • Crypts
  • Undercrofts
  • Parapet
  • Purlin
  • Re-plastering
  • Re-pointing
  • Stone works
  • Timber (where related to the fabric)
  • Rainwater Goods
  • Guttering
  • Windows
  • Window re-glazing
  • Window Grilles / Bars
  • Transepts
  • Pinnacles
  • Rhones
  • Gables
  • Drainage (rainwater, foul water, French drain, trench arch, or soak-away - all within the boundary walls)
  • Floors and floor coverings (only where permanent and within the fabric of the building. This includes timber, stone, ceramic, marble or solid floor).
  • Bell frames
  • Weathercocks
  • Spires
  • Lightning conductors
  • Flagpoles (only if on place of worship)
  • Crosses (only if on place of worship)


  • Doors
  • Altars and communion tables (if built into, or permanently incorporated into the fabric)
  • Monuments (if built into, or permanently incorporated into the fabric)
  • Fonts (if built into, or permanently incorporated into the fabric)
  • Wall paintings / Murals
  • Kitchens (this includes installation or repair of fitted kitchens and related electrical and plumbing work. Fixed items such as water boilers and wall-mounted water heaters are eligible. Cupboards are only eligible where they are specially-supplied as part of a fitted kitchen and are either fixed to the fabric of the building or form an integrated kitchen facility (excluding any electrical appliances/equipment).Removable elements such as white goods, dishwashers, cookers kettles and urns are ineligible).
  • Permanently routed heating systems
  • Turret clocks (from 1 Oct 2013)
  • Bells, and bell ropes (from 1 Oct 2013)
  • Bell frames
  • Organs that are permanently fixed to the structure


  • Damp treatment
  • Pest control provided the pest has, or is likely to cause damage to the fabric of the building. If the invoice does not specify the type of pest, this must be included within the application.
  • Works to repair damage to the fabric of the building caused by bats and mitigation measures to reduce or prevent damage caused by bats is also eligible.
  • Repair of damage caused to the fabric as a result of pests or metal thefts (including replacement of stolen metals) are eligible where these expenses are not met by an insurance provider.
  • Asbestos removal
  • Locks and hinges
  • Stairs
  • Pews (kneelers, cushions and hassocks are only eligible where permanently attached to the pew)
  • Cleaning (if as a result of eligible repair, maintenance or alteration works)
  • Preliminaries (for eligible works only)
  • Professional fees directly relating to eligible works (from 1 Oct 2013) see below
  • Electrics
  • Plumbing (including toilets, hand basins and sinks and kitchen facilities as outlined above)
  • Decoration such as carvings or stonework (where part of the fabric of the building)
  • Investigative works/surveys (only where carried out by a VAT registered contractor)
  • Security and forensic systems to prevent crime (burglar alarms, roof alarms, CCTV equipment, forensic marking, physical marking, special fixing, security lighting)
  • Handrails (although some may be eligible for zero-rating if installed as part of other eligible works to the building for disabled people See Note 3.5)

Professional Fees

  • Architects
  • Architectural Technologists
  • Surveyors
  • Conservation advisors
  • Structural engineers
  • Bat inspectors
  • Archaeologists for work necessary for eligible building
  • projects (current or planned)
  • Planning supervisors
  • Health and safety advisors
  • Maintenance plans
  • Accredited Conservationists



  • Audio-visual systems or components of systems
  • Free-standing or fixed/detachable altars
  • Free-standing or fixed/detachable fonts
  • Free-standing or fixed/detachable monuments
  • Detachable floor coverings carpets, vinyl, removable tiles>
  • Decorative soft furnishings
  • Items which constitute a moveable piece of furniture
  • Areas of the building used for accommodation (see note below)


  • Pavings
  • Tree removal (lopping where necessary to preserve the fabric of the building is eligible)
  • Ancillary buildings and structures such as boundary walls, gravestones and graveyard monuments, retaining walls, gates, gardens, lychgates or car parks
  • Railings (internal railings that are part of the fabric of the building are eligible)


  • Storage of items (see note on enabling works below)
  • Materials alone
  • General cleaning
  • Local authority charges
  • Maintenance plans
  • Notice boards
  • Shelving
  • Cupboards (cupboards are only eligible where they are specially-supplied as part of a fitted kitchen or form an integrated kitchen facility which will remain permanently in position).
  • Removable kitchen elements such as white goods, dishwashers kettles and urns.
  • Showers and baths, except where installed to support facilities for homeless/social & welfare purposes.
  • Carpets, removable tiles, decorative soft furnishings
  • Fixtures, fittings or decoration for commercial tenants.

Professional fees

  • Accountancy services
  • Costs associated with undertaking Quinquennial
  • inspections
  • Local authority fees
  • Diocesan faculty charges
  • Solicitors and lawyers’ fees
  • Fundraising fees

Further eligibility guidance

Costs relating to materials cannot be claimed unless they are supplied as part of eligible work by a VAT registered contractor. These costs cannot be claimed unless supported by the related contractor invoice and would usually be listed within an invoice which also includes building works. However, listed places of worship with their own works departments may be able to claim for VAT costs for materials which have been supplied as part of a broader supply of repair, maintenance or alteration work by their works department providing this is registered for VAT or the contractor carrying out the work is registered for VAT. Costs incurred for materials in relation to works undertaken by e.g. members of the congregation are ineligible, unless that person is registered for VAT and a VAT invoice is produced.

Areas of the building used for accommodation are not eligible under the scheme. The only exception to this is where the accommodation is provided for use on a temporary basis only as a refuge for the homeless or for similar social/welfare purposes.

Where areas of the listed building are adapted to provide space for commercial tenants, the scheme will cover the alteration to the building and the provision of utilities (electrics, plumbing), but not the cost of any fit out specific to the commercial tenant.

Enabling works

We expect that historic material and parts will be retained and re-used wherever possible. Where installations needed to be moved solely to enable eligible works to be undertaken, we will only pay to reinstate the minimum level of installation required to effect the eligible fabric repairs.

Where it is considered most cost effective to remove installations wholesale before fabric work commences, you should provide professional verification of this in advance of works commencing in order to verify the extent of eligibility. We will not make a grant where these steps are not followed.

Works to furniture, shelving, notice boards and detachable items are not eligible.


Contact Information
Topmark (LPOW)
Davies Group, 2nd Floor,
The Forsyth Building,
5 Renfield Street,
G2 5EZ,
United Kingdom
Tel: 0800 500 3009
Tel: 0845 013 6601
Calls to 0800 500 3009 are free from landlines and mobiles.

Calls to 0845 013 6601 will be charged at the local rate (your service provider, however, may apply an increased rate).
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