Northern Ireland

£100,000 grants available for Northern Ireland's listed churches

Grants of up to £100,000 are available for urgent roof repairs to places of worship at listed buildings in Northern Ireland.

The money is part of a £15m UK fund organised by the government's Department of Culture at Westminster.

The deadline for applications is the end of this month.

Organisations, trusts and congregations of all faiths and denominations can apply for a grant from £10,000 to £100,000.

Limited funding can also be provided for structural investigations, specialist reports and bat surveys.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, said: "Our places of worship are wonderful examples of our heritage that we're proud to invest in.

"This fund will help conserve and maintain these historic buildings so they can continue to play a vital role in the communities they serve, for years to come."