Church buildings update
Online applications for DAC advice
The online portal enabling you to apply for DAC advice is now live. This is the same portal that is used for annual returns. Applying online via the portal gives you a guarantee that your case is “in the system” and it also makes it easier for the documents to be circulated to DAC members and other consultees, which should make for a quicker and smoother DAC process.
A helpful instruction guide can and some FAQs can be found on the diocesan website. If you head over to the portal and log in using your registered email address you can select ‘DAC’ from the sidebar. Help and explanatory notes are provided throughout the application pages. If you have any questions about your application, please feel free to contact Patrick Booth, Church Buildings Adviser (tel. 020 3837 5053).
National minor works lists
The 2015 Faculty Jurisdiction Rules are part of the faculty simplification process and have made some significant changes to the system, most notably the introduction of two national minor works lists. These come into force on 1st January 2016. Works on List A can usually be carried out without any consents, subject to some standard conditions. Works on List B can usually be carried out without a faculty but with the written consent of the Archdeacon after informal consultation with members of the DAC. This process will be administered by the Parish Property Support team and you can apply for the Archdeacon’s permission through the online portal.
Further details about Lists A and B will be available on the diocesan website from January 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vera Gkoufa, Church Buildings Adviser, Vera.Gkoufa@nulllondon.anglican.org, tel. 020 3837 5055)
A second pot of £25 million will be available in 2016. Applications for this pot are expected to open either in December 2015 or early in 2016, with a closing date around two months later. Details of the timetable will be posted on the Roof Repair Fund’s website in due course.
Last year the DAC’s support in the form of a letter of recommendation was a requirement to apply to the scheme. This year a letter from the DAC will not be required to apply for a grant; only a letter of support from your Archdeacon will be needed. The Parish Property Support team will be happy to provide informal advice on applications, however, and successful applications will still need to go through the DAC and Diocesan Registry in order to obtain a faculty before any works can commence.
The revised guidelines and application form are yet to be published but will be available on the Fund’s website. The basic eligibility requirements are not expected to change. Grants are aimed at urgent works in listed places of worship only (and hence not church halls). Churches that have received grants from English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), any other Lottery distributor or the previous Roof Repair Fund for projects that are still ongoing may not apply. Churches that have been notified of an award or have an application under consideration from these bodies are also ineligible. Grants will range from £10,000 to £100,000. If a grant is awarded, the proposed works must be commenced within six months of notification of the award. Those interested in applying can find further details on the scheme’s website.