Half a million pound boost gives Islington Churches the green light

Islington Church of England churches will receive more than half a million pounds this year to help them cut their use of electricity and gas, thanks to funding from local funder Cloudesley and Allchurches Trust.

The churches are installing a range of environmental measures, such as solar panels, LED lighting, modern heating systems and draught-proofing. All of the changes have been carefully chosen to help the churches cut their bills and help the environment. Collectively, the projects could save over 100 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, based on figures from experts AECOM.

AECOM recommends that churches should change their lights for energy-efficient LEDs, but changing the lights in a church is easier said than done. With such beautiful high ceilings and specialised fittings, just changing a light bulb can require hiring a cherry picker!

That is where Cloudesley comes in; on top of their usual grant-giving, they are offering nearly £600,000 of additional grants to Islington Church of England churches in 2018, giving the churches the “green light” to make these changes.

Allchurches Trust agreed to work in partnership with Cloudesley on this important project, and are topping-up the fund by another £45k, allowing even more churches to benefit. Allchurches gave more than £15.6 million in 2017 to churches, charities and communities. The project has also benefited from expert input from the property and sustainability teams at the Diocese of London, as well as support from Islington Deanery. This project is a great example of partnership working, from which everyone benefits.

Jeremy Noles, Grants Officer for Allchurches Trust, said: “Most churches have a strong desire to be more environmentally friendly, but this can be a real challenge both practically and financially, especially for those in Listed buildings and occupying heritage properties. We’re delighted to have been able to support this innovative project. It will help churches to save money on their bills, enabling them to focus their resources on the great work they do in the communities, as well as to manage their environmental impact more effectively.”

Maggie Elliot, Chairperson of Cloudesley says, “Cloudesley are delighted that Allchurches have chosen to support our Sustainable Church Buildings Project with a grant of £45k. This award-winning project is helping the churches of Islington to become more energy –efficient; helping the environment and cutting their running costs. As strategic match-funding to Cloudesley’s own grant-fund of £440k, the Allchurches grant will help more churches make significant changes, such as installing LED lighting and fitting solar panels. We are really pleased that our two organisations can work together in this way for the benefit of Islington churches.”

St James' church in Clerkenwell (pictured) have already benefited from the new scheme after receiving a grant of £10,000 to upgrade their church lighting.

Cloudesley Allchurches Trust Funding Boost

Energy efficient lighting in a church, the chandelier was designed by British artist, Tom Dixon OBE