St Nicholas’ Church of Ireland in Carrickfergus has secured £81,000 towards urgent roof repairs.
A total of 25 churches across Northern Ireland, from a variety of denominations, will now be made weathertight, safe and open for use through the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.
Grants of £10,000 to £100,000 will meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs and rainwater disposal systems. Money is also being provided for structural investigations, specialist reports and bat surveys.
This funding is part of a wider funding package of £30million to 502 historic places of worship across the UK announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
The fund will reopen to new applications later this year and successful applicants will be announced in 2016. It is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).