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£1.7 M funding boost to churches

14 April 2009

More than £1.7 million has been awarded to outstanding buildings of worship in need of repair, Culture Minister Michael Russell announced today.

These Places of Worship awards from Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund is to make the buildings stable and watertight.

Mr Russell said: “For many people their church, cathedral, temple or mosque is so much more than a building. It represents their faith, friendships and community values, often providing a home for groups of all different sorts.

“This money will fund work to keep these buildings open, watertight and able to continue serving their communities.”

Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund launched the Places of Worship funding programme in 2002.

Colin McLean of the Heritage Lottery Fund said: “A church is more than a place of worship. Its architecture, often prominent on the skyline, is a reminder of its place in history, its interior a space where local groups can gather to share interests.  By helping maintain these historic buildings, we are preserving an important part of the past while making sure it fulfils the needs of community life today.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund is pleased to be able to work in partnership with Historic Scotland to help secure the future of these fine buildings through our joint Places of Worship Scheme.”

The seven churches to be offered support in this latest round are:

Kelvinside Hillhead Church, Glasgow  (£167,500 from HS and £82,500 from HLF) for Urgent Stone and Roof repairs to this A-listed building from James Sellars, architect in 1875-6.

Contact: Fiona Watson (0141 339 7536)

St Paul’s RC Church, Glenrothes (£250,000 from HS and £25,000 Development funding HLF) for urgent Roof Repairs to this B-listed church, designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in 1956-7.  

St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh (£167,500 from HS and £82,500 from HLF) for urgent stone, roof and windows repair to this A-listed building designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and completed by John Oldrid Scott.

Contact: Richard Hamblett (0131 623 8904

St Patrick’s RC Church, Glasgow (£167,500 from HS and 82,500 from HLF) for urgent roof repairs to this B-listed building by Pugin in 1898.

St Anthony’s RC Church, Glasgow (£147,417 from HS and £72,000) for urgent stone and roof repairs to this B-listed building by John Honeyman and opened in 1879.

Contact: Ronnie Convery (0141 226 5898)

St Mary of Assumption Cathedral, Aberdeen (£167,500 from HS and £82,500 from HLF) for urgent stone and roof repairs to this B-listed building.

Meadowside St Paul’s Church, Dundee (£167,000 from HS and £83,000 from HLF) for urgent stone, roof and spire repairs to this B-listed, Walpole Hall Lorimer and Matthew building completed in 1933.

Notes for editors

  • For images please contact Historic Scotland on 0131 668 8852.

  • The total amount of award offered in this round of Places of Worship grants is £1,234,417 from Historic Scotland and £510,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • This is the first stage in the grant process and is highly competitive. This is known as a Stage One Pass and indicates support with money set aside for the project. The successful applicants will now have to submit a further, detailed application outlining the work required and its cost.

  • Historic Scotland has invested more than £160 million in the historic environment in the last 15 years. The support of HS can help owners attract matched funding from other sources.

  • The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage.  From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy.  To date it has invested over £500million in Scotland’s heritage.

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations

For further information:
Heritage Lottery Fund:  Shiona Mackay on 01786 870638 or 07779 142890 or Sam Goody on 020 7591 6033 ( Website

For further information

Lisa Nicholson
Communications and Media Manager
Communications and Media
0131 668 8852 or 07500 065 438