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Grants for roof alarms

Lead and copper roofs have been robbed from churches across the diocese in the last few years. Parishes have faced bills up to hundreds of thousands of pounds to cover the cost of replacement and making good all the damage. Only a roof alarm combined with SmartWater will give you full insurance cover. 

Archdeacons have been flagging up the importance of protecting metal church roofs and promoting roof alarms to parishes.

Our Information Note:

  • Highlights the theft of metal roofs as the number one security threat to churches
  • Explains why metal roofs should be protected by roof alarms and marking – to deter theft and give full insurance cover for external metal
  • Says why you should apply for a roof alarm grant now – grants of £1,000 to £3,000 are available until the end of June 2019 following a major contribution from the Allchurches Trust to the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Historic Churches Trust
  • Gives important background information – on theft, alarms, insurance and general security which should be read before making grant applications

The Information Note describes the grants available for roof alarms through the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Historic Churches Trust.

Click Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire HCT for the application form and supporting notes.

The Information Note also mentions our metal risk survey form  which helps you identify the vulnerability of external metal in your church.

Advice from Historic England on metal theft from historic buildings is found here .

Grants towards the cost of roof alarms may also be available from the Diocese.  Please click here for an application form.



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