Apply For a Roof Alarm Grant

For almost four years the OHCT has been running a campaign to help Oxfordshire churches, Church of England, Roman Catholic or any other Christian denomination, to fit roof alarms. Our campaign aims to meet 50% of the installation cost up to a maximum grant of £2,500. To date we have made over 50 grants which has helped to protect over 11,000 square metres of lead and around 2,000 square metres of copper.

If you have lead or copper on your church roof and it is not fitted with a roof alarm, OHCT would strongly encourage you to move before you are hit.

For the purposes of the OHCT grant only one quotation is required. You may however wish to talk to more than one supplier.

Any grant awarded will be conditional on:

  • All necesssary permissions being received prior to installation taking place.
    (For Anglican churches a faculty is not required, since on 1 April the fitting of a roof alarm was designated a List A work. Other permissions may however be needed.)
  • your insurer approving the roof alarm system being installed
  • the amount of associated cabling being kept to the minimum reasonably practicable
  • any work to an electrical installation being carried out by a person whose work is subject to an accredited certification scheme
  • the roof alarm system and associated equipment being maintained for at least five years after the installation date
  • all work undertaken to install the roof alarm system being undertaken in compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and any other acts, orders, regulations and codes of practice relating to health and safety, which may apply to employees and other persons working on the installation of the roof alarm system.

To apply for a grant please complete the web form below.

Please note:

  • you cannot apply for grants from both the OHCT and Allchurches Trust for this work.
  • we cannot give grants for alarm systems that have already been installed

Allchurches Trust

Thanks to a generous grant from Allchurches Trust, the OHCT roof alarm scheme will now be able to support more churches in their efforts to protect against theft. Allchurches Trust will give up to £2,500 towards each grant awarded under the roof alarm scheme by OHCT. Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts. At the heart of their grant-giving is helping people and communities most in need.

We have teamed up with a premier alarm company in this field. E-Bound is a family run company which has specialised for a decade in church security. It has installed over 750 alarms on church roofs and is the market leader in this field. You are of course welcome to seek a quotation from an alternative supplier approved by your insurers. (You can see Ecclesiastical’s list of their approved suppliers by clicking here and we will consider supporting such an installation, if that is your preference. )

In order to apply you need an account with OHCT

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  • Name and city/town/village of the church to which you wish OHCT to pay half your sponsor money. If you do not wish to nominate a church, all the money raised will go to OHCT
  • (You can supply this later if you prefer)

    Sign up for a Virgin Money fundraising account

    Click here to sign up for Virgin Money fundraising page

    We have a help-guide for you. Either watch our video below or download the PDF guide.
    The only this to be aware of is you are rasing money for our Ride and Stride 2019 event, not Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust itself.

    Download PDF help-guide

    Once you have a Virgin Money Giving page set up then you need to add your fundraising URL to the field above. See the video below showing you which URL you need.

  • Everyone is welcome to take part.

    There is no requirement to attend church to take part in any OHCT activities including Ride and Stride, the Taylor Trophy, Curiouser & Curiouser or our regular Events Programme.

    If you are a church-goer however it would be helpful to know the name of the church you normally attend.

    This might be different from the church or organisation you are raising money for in this year’s Ride and Stride.

  • Search for your church by beginning to type the town or village name first.

    If you can’t find your church then use ‘Not Listed Here’ at the bottom of the list and we will be in touch keen to help you.

  • Gift Aid


    I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

    I want to Gift Aid my donations and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years to Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust.

  • Nominated Ride + Stride Church or Organisation

    Please select the church or organisation to receive 50% of the money you raise during this year’s ride and stride.

    The remaining 50% will go to OHCT for grants to different churches throughout the year.

    Alternatively, choose OHCT to receive 100% of the money you raise to increase it’s grantmaking capability.

  • Search for your church by beginning to type the town or village name first.

    If you can’t find your church then use ‘Not Listed Here’ at the bottom of the list and we will be in touch keen to help you.

  • Company Address

    We’ll collect details of the company address shortly.
    Please make a clear indication that you want to take part in Ride and Stride 2020.
  • It is a condition of participation that, save to the extent required by law, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (2016) accepts no liability in respect of death or injury sustained by any participant in the sponsored Ride and Stride.

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