A historic Perth church, which has been described as “iconic,” has received a funding pledge from the council of £100,000 over two financial years.
Members of Perth and Kinross Council’s Perth Common Good Fund committee passed an amendment this week, when they agreed to award £50,000 to St Matthew’s Church of Scotland by the end of March and then a further £50,000 in the next financial year.
The church needs about £1 million for its planned Sanctuary Redevelopment Project. This would see the church being converted into a “safe, warm, bright and useful” facility, seven days a week.
It is hoped conservation and repair work will take place to help the building’s long term maintenance and establish an information programme to attract Perth residents and visitors.
Perth Common Good Fund committee has been told the project costs for the 143-year-old building are estimated to be about £916,028, which includes heating, seating and disabled access.
Councillor Jack Coburn, convener of the committee, said that successful requests from other funding bodies total about £200,000. Applications to the Gannochy and Robertson Trusts (£100,000 each) are still pending.
Part of the external funding came from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), who have initially given £7,500 to help St Matthew’s Church.
“The church’s contribution is £382,839 and if successful with the Gannochy and Robertson Trust applications, this would leave a shortfall of £133,189,” Mr Coburn said.
“The request to this committee is for £150,000. The church has not benefited from the fund in the last three years.”
Councillor Willie Wilson described the church as “iconic,” and suggested awarding £50,000 by the end of March and then another £50,000 in the next financial year.
“St Matthew’s Church is an expensive building to maintain,” he commented.
“The congregation have a big burden on their shoulders but they have a business plan.”
St Matthew’s Church is a prominent landmark in Perth’s Tay Street and is home to four First World War battalion colours of The Black Watch, as well as several memorials to the fallen.
• Full story at the Dundee Courier.
Perth office reporter
Heritage Lottery Fund gives early support to Perth church’s plans for city landmark
Perth Show to move to new home
Kirk bell causes a ding-dong in Perth
‘We’re committed to the project’ — council says there’s no drama in decision to defer £3 million Perth Theatre payment
Brechin Mechanics’ Institute wins £59,000 common good funding
Councillors fail to see common good in providing hoodies for pupils
Would you describe yourself as an active church member?
Related story: ‘Time for someone to say it’ — Minister warns lack of interest is killing the church
Dashcam mania: Why insurers might reward if you record
28 February 2015 3.00pm
‘Save the high fives’ — thousands join campaign to let Scotland’s happiest lollipop man keep doing his thing
27 February 2015 8.38am
Dashcam mania: Why drivers’ errors have become internet smash hits
26 February 2015 6.00pm
Dundee University students’ union introduces the two-pint glass of beer to beat the queues
26 February 2015 12.09pm
VIDEO: Fallen Madonna dominates Brits
26 February 2015 7.24am
B&Q staff prepare to say goodbye after 25 years at Kingsway East
25 February 2015 12.23pm
Picture gallery: Dundee United’s Tannadice through the years
25 February 2015 12.15pm
‘From the Book of the Brain-Dead’: the oddest customer queries at Groucho’s in Dundee
25 February 2015 12.08pm
Picture gallery: Dundee FC’s Dens Park through the years
24 February 2015 12.15pm
‘We could have been killed’ — wrong-way Kingsway driver terror for man and pregnant wife
24 February 2015 7.05am
OUR MOST …