HLF's new funding for places of worship

Wren's St Stephen Walbrook, by the offices of Rothschild Bank (designed by Allies and Morrison) - one of the many City of London churches that tell a rich tale of the capital's history.

Some medieval churches in the UK stand in splendid isolation while ordinary houses from the same period - the 11th century - have crumbled around them and this is the story of St Oswald's Widford in Oxfordshire. Others in the City of London - and beyond - such as St Alfege Church in Greenwich, designed by Hawksmoor, survived the Blitz.

What they all have in common is the value of being testament to the history of the British Isles, the story of worshippers and the architects and builders who created them. Now the Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a new strategic partnership to help secure the future of some of these religious buildings.

'Places of worship: Inspiring Ideas' is welcoming applications from projects looking to explore innovative ideas and test new approaches to managing, caring for and funding historic places of worship of all faiths and denominations.

The aim of the fund is to help make precious historic places of worship financially resilient, so they are safeguarded for future generations..

Successful projects, HLF says, could focus on singles places of worship or partnerships working together linked by geographical location, theme or challenges faced.