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Grants for roof alarms

The theft of metal from churches is a major threat. Its loss harms historic churches and causes shock, disruption and worry. Experience has shown that roof alarms are generally the best deterrent and complement SmartWater marking.

Grant aid is now available from three sources reflecting the priority being given to installing roof alarms: Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF), Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust and the Allchurches Trust. VAT on the roof alarms can be reclaimed from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.

The Diocesan Board of Finance awards grants for church roof alarms from some small trust funds it administers. Here is the application form for a DBF grant towards the cost of a church roof alarm with its notes for applicants.

Applications are considered at a DBF or General Committee meeting and should arrive in the office no later than ten days before a meeting. 2017 meeting dates are: 31 January, 6 March, 28 March, 15 May, 20 June, 10 July, 10 October and 13 November.

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