Coronavirus related Legislation:
Briefing for churches in Wales
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Regulations for places of worship in Wales from April 12 2021 (Level 3A restrictions)
The process of moving from Level 4 to Level 3 restrictions in Wales began on March 27 2021. Welsh Government has published detailed guidance for places of worship, which is periodically updated, and those responsible for places of worship are urged to read it carefully.
It remains lawful to arrange to arrange worship in places of worship. The Public Health (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations as amended permit a place of worship to remain open.
According to clause 16 of the regulations, in the context of COVID-19 the principal additional legal duty of the ‘person’ (which can be a body such as a PCC) responsible for the building is to:
1(a) take all reasonable measures to ensure—
(i) that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between any persons on the premises (except between members of the same household or a carer and the person assisted by the carer);
(ii) where persons are required to wait to enter the premises, that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between them (except between members of the same household or a carer and the person assisted by the carer),
(b) take any other reasonable measures for that purpose, for example measures which limit close face–to-face interaction and maintain hygiene such as—
(i) changing the layout of premises including the location of furniture and workstations;
(ii) controlling use of entrances, passageways, stairs and lifts;
(iii) controlling use of shared facilities such as toilets and kitchens;
(iv) otherwise controlling the use of, or access to, any other part of the premises;
(v) installing barriers or screens;
(vi) providing or requiring use of personal protective equipment, and
(c) provide information to those entering or working at the premises about how to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
(2) Measures that may be taken under paragraph (1) also include—
(a) not carrying out certain activities;
(b) closing a part of the premises;
(c) allowing and enabling a person who ordinarily works at the premises to isolate for a specified period due to testing positive for coronavirus or having had close contact with somebody who has tested positive, where that person—
(i) has been asked to do so by the Welsh Ministers;
(ii) has been required to do so by a notification given by a contact tracer;
(d) collecting contact information from each person at the premises and retaining it for 21 days for the purpose of providing it to any of the following, upon their request—
(i) the Welsh Ministers;
(ii) a contact tracer
(e) taking reasonable measures to ensure that such contact information is correct.
There are, of course, other legal requirements – such as general health and safety, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, data protection, and so on – which remain in force also, and they should not be forgotten when making arrangements to re-open.
Welsh Government has drawn up detailed guidance regarding implementing these legal requirements. Clause 18 of the regulations places a duty on the ‘person’ responsible for the premises to have regard to this guidance (and other relevant Government guidance – see below). It is important, therefore, that the ‘person’ responsible reads this guidance carefully.
On January 20 the coronavirus regulations in Wales were updated to make it a legal obligation on the ‘person’ (or body) responsible for “regulated premises” (including places of worship, community centres, etc) to undertake a risk assessment prior to allowing public access to the premises for any purpose. Although media reports focussed on the effect on supermarkets, this applies to all “regulated premises”. This has been good practice since spring 2020, and we know that most denominations/networks have produced templates designed for their own churches. But this is the first time that this has become legally obligatory. It should be noted that the wording makes it a requirement to conduct a full risk assessment (covering general health and safety matters as well as those relating to coronavirus specifically) even if the building is open only occasionally (e.g. for funerals) or for much more limited purposes than usual (for example to host a food bank).
Welsh Government has chosen to word the regulations by referring to Health and Safety regulations made in 1999, which have been amended several times since, and then require them to be read as if they were worded differently from the actual wording. So, in order to assist our member churches to update their risk assessment and templates in accordance with the law, we have prepared a guide to what is now mandatory, which can be downloaded here.
We would draw particular attention to four aspects of the regulations:
- Our understanding is that the effect of the regulations is to make conducting a full risk assessment – covering general health and safety risks and fire risks as well as the coronavirus related issues – mandatory for all “regulated premises”, even for premises where that was not previously the case.
- The regulations require a review of the risk assessment to be made each time the coronavirus regulations are amended or the uses of the premises change (as this would be a significant change in the matters to which it relates) and also when the wider situation regarding the pandemic changes (as this would be reason to suspect that it is no longer valid).
- The regulations require the risk assessment to be in writing when five or more persons are working at the premises. As ‘working’ includes working voluntarily, this would cover nearly all circumstances likely to be relevant to faith communities. The regulations also require consultation with these ‘workers’ in drawing up the risk assessment.
- There are special requirements relating to risk assessment for young people ‘working’ in the premises.
We hope that the document will be of assistance to you, but please note that it is not legal advice, and professional advice should be sought if there is any doubt about how to apply the regulations in your particular circumstances.
There is no upper limit on the numbers who may attend an act of worship – each place of worship should calculate a safe maximum within the Regulations above and enact it.
Worship outdoors beyond the curtilage of the place of worship is no longer permitted. While it would be possible in principle to worship in the open air on land within the curtilage of a place of worship, careful consideration should be given not only to Covid safety but also to the possible effect on community relations of being seen to meet visibly outdoors for worship when other sections of the community cannot meet at all.
It should be noted that the re-opening of places of worship (and other public places) is subject to the principle which is expressed as follows in the guidance:
Some places of worship may choose not to reopen until a later date, open at a slower pace and/or continue to use online technology to carry out faith and pastoral activities. In managing risk the first question should always be can I avoid the risky activity. Wherever practical and reasonable, alternatives to face to face meeting should be employed to reduce the risk of transmission. [Cytun’s emphasis]
Churches should, therefore, consider this principle carefully before proceeding to re-open any activity.
It is a requirement under Clause 20 of the Regulations for all those aged over 11 to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, including places of worship, unless they have an illness or disability which prevents that. There is no legal exemption for worship leaders, but Welsh Government guidance says:
Those leading worship need not wear a face covering if it impractical to do so. However they should consider a range of other mitigations to ensure they can provide a barrier to transmission such as distancing, screens, visors and additional hygiene measures.
Funerals and weddings
In the case of funeral services held indoors, there is a legal restriction on who may attend. Under Schedule 4, clause 1(4)(d), an individual may leave home to attend a funeral:
(i) as a person responsible for arranging the funeral,
(ii) if invited by a person responsible for arranging the funeral, or
(iii) as the carer of a person attending.
Welsh Government guidance regarding funeral services can be seen here. Note that it is not permissible to hold a “wake” or funeral tea or similar, including on faith premises.
In the case of weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, there is a similar restriction on who may attend, under Schedule 4, Clause 1(4)(c), which provides that an individual may:
attend a solemnisation of a marriage, formation of a civil partnership or alternative wedding ceremony—
(i) as a party to the marriage or civil partnership,
(ii) if invited to attend, or
(iii) as the carer of a person attending;
The guidance to which one must have regard when arranging a wedding or civil partnership ceremony is available here.
Wedding receptions are not permissible at present.
The guidance requires all those aged over 11 to wear face coverings during the ceremony, with the following exceptions:
Those leading the ceremony need not wear a face covering if it impractical to do so. However they should consider a range of other mitigations to ensure they can provide a barrier to transmission such as distancing, screens, visors and additional hygiene measures. …
The couple do not need to wear a face covering during; the walk down the aisle, the vows, the first kiss, and photos taken indoors.
The regulations also permit holding an “alternative wedding ceremony”, defined as meaning a ceremony:
- based on a person’s faith or belief or lack of belief, to mark the union of two people, other than a ceremony for the purposes of solemnising a marriage or forming a civil partnership,
- held in regulated premises, and
- organised by a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution;
This would include a service such as a blessing of a civil marriage, or a religious (or non-religious) ceremony not including the legal registration of the marriage.
Pastoral care of the kind offered by faith communities (as opposed to the kinds of formal and informal care covered by the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act) is not mentioned in the regulations. However, the Welsh Government’s guidance for places of worship includes the following:
Faith leaders should avoid entering another household to provide pastoral care unless reasonably necessary and should consider alternative ways of providing support such as over the telephone or virtual meetings, meeting someone outdoors or in a COVID-19 secure setting.
However if an individual is in need of pastoral support it is reasonable for a faith leader to meet with that individual indoors for compassionate reason. This maybe because a person is struggling with restrictions on meeting others generally or they may be suffering from a physical or mental illness, have suffered a bereavement or you may be concerned about their general wellbeing or welfare.
Under current circumstances, therefore, extreme caution is advised. The risk of spreading the virus inadvertently should be considered prior to undertaking any visit. If the weather is fine, an outdoor visit should be considered in preference to an indoor one. It would be wise to keep a written record of the decision to visit and the reasons for it.
Community use of places of worship and community centres
Under the Level 3A restrictions [Schedule 3A, clause 9(2)], a place of worship or faith community centre can be opened – apart from worship, funerals and weddings – only:
(a) to provide essential voluntary services, or
(b) to provide public services upon the request of the Welsh Ministers or a local authority.
Clause 9(5) explains “public services” includes the provision of food banks or other support for homeless or vulnerable people, childcare, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency.
In previous lockdown periods, Welsh Government has said that charitable food banks and other support for homeless and vulnerable people may also count as “essential voluntary services” (even if paid staff are involved in delivering the service), and these can therefore be arranged without specific Welsh Government or local authority permission.
Welsh Government has published FAQs regarding the delivery of childcare, including on church or faith premises. In general, only childcare services registered with the local authority (as opposed to entirely informal children’s clubs) may operate.
Welsh Government guidance regarding closure of businesses says the following regarding community centres:
These may be opened to provide essential voluntary services. They are also allowed to open to provide public services at the request of a local authority or the Welsh Ministers. Examples of services for which they might open include:
- blood donations,
- polling stations
- food banks
- the conduct of mass coronavirus testing or vaccinations
- mental health services
- organisations who support those suffering from substance misuse or addiction
Individual businesses cannot apply for an exception to continue trading.
Schedule 3A Clause 4(1) provides that the maximum number of people who can be present in any event other than worship is 15 indoors or 30 outdoors. However, children under 11 years of age and persons working, or providing voluntary services, at the event are not included in these totals.
There is further guidance that will be useful for some places of worship:
- Tourism and hospitality businesses (including cafés operated by churches) – CLOSED with the exception of self-contained accommodation.
- Retailers (including shops and charity shops run by places of worship) – shops may reopen from April 12 2021.
- Workplaces (all places of worship are workplaces for employees and/or volunteers, but this guidance will be especially relevant to specific workplaces such as church offices)
- Culture and heritage destinations and venues (including historic places of worship open to the public) – CLOSED indoors, but outdoor opening can be considered from March 27, and historic places of worship can continue to operate as places of worship.
- Child care and play schemes registered with the Local Authority – and see also updated FAQs regarding child care
- Open access playschemes for children
- Youth work – not yet updated
- Landlords of residential property. Note in particular the guidance regarding increasing the notice period to 6 months and the prohibition on evicting residential tenants until June 30 2021.
Churches which are part of a denomination, especially where the denomination is the trustee of the local building, should seek the advice of their denomination regarding any specific denominational requirements. It should be noted that the guidance issued by a number of cross-border churches is based on the Regulations applicable in England rather than those applicable in Wales. This is a matter for the individual denomination, and where there is any conflict between denominational advice and the Welsh Regulations, this should be raised within the relevant denomination.
Many of those who are responsible for places of worship are concerned about their liability for conforming to the regulations, especially when they are changing regularly. It may be helpful, therefore, to read Welsh Government’s guidance for enforcement officers, to see what they will be looking for and how they will proceed in order to ensure compliance.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. We will add to this section on a regular basis.
When can other activities restart?
The Welsh Government on April 8 issued revised reopening dates up to May 3.
After the election on May 6, the plans announced on March 31 still apply, subject to whatever the new Welsh Government may decide.
Putting the two announcements together gives us the following indicative timetable (I have highlighted those of greatest relevance to places of worship and faith communities):
Monday 12 April,
- The full return of children to schools for face-to-face education, all post-16 learners will return to further education and training centres, and university campus’ will be able to open for blended face-to-face/online learning for all students
- All remaining shops will reopen, completing the phased reopening of non-essential retail
- All remaining close contact services will open, including mobile services
- Travel restrictions on travelling into and out of Wales will be lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place. The Common Travel Area means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland
- Wedding ‘show-arounds’ by appointment are allowed
- Restrictions on political canvassing are removed, subject to canvassers doing so safely
Monday 26 April:
- Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, would be allowed to reopen
- Outdoor hospitality can resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants. Indoor hospitality will remain closed except for takeaways
- Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can again take place
- Weddings receptions can take place outdoors for up to 30 people
Monday 3 May
- Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes
- Extended household will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors
Monday 17 May:
- Children’s indoor activities.
- Community centres;
- Organised indoor activities for adults, limited to a maximum of 15 people. This includes exercise classes.
In advance of the Spring Bank Holiday (May 31).
- Indoor hospitality and remaining visitor accommodation to reopen
These are indicative dates to give the sectors time to plan and prepare – decisions on these will be made nearer the time, once the impact of other relaxations have been assessed and subject to the health situation allowing the relaxations to go ahead.
Musical instruments and singing
Welsh Government guidance includes a detailed section on instrumental music and choral/group singing, and it should be studied carefully. Congregational singing is not permitted.
On April 8, the Technical Advisory Group to Welsh Government published details of the scientific evidence relating to places of worship and spread of the Coronavirus. This includes a detailed analysis of evidence relating to singing and playing musical instruments on pages 5-7.
Where an organised professional or amateur choir or instrumental group wishes to sing, play or practise, there is detailed guidance to follow and this should be read carefully. In essence, groups of 6 may rehearse together indoors and then lead music in worship either indoors or outdoors, and this permits groups of 6 to come together for the worship itself. Those joining such a group of 6 (and their families) need to be aware that if any one of the group is required to self-isolate all 6 must do so.
Wind instruments may not be played.
Where it is desired to consider using a pipe organ, consideration should be given to using the Church in Wales’s bespoke risk assessment template.
Welsh Government has advised Cytun as follows: Outdoor worship can happen on land which is attached or within the curtilage of a place of worship as it would be seen as an extension of a place of worship. If you plan to do this it may be prudent to let the local authority and the police know of your plans. This does not mean that you can use public land or private land for worship and does not include drive-in services or parades. It is permissible, with great care, to arrange for groups to lead singing outdoors, but congregational singing is not currently permitted. Welsh Government’s current guidance regarding singing can be seen here.
Serving refreshments before or after worship
The Welsh Government guidance for the permitted use of places of worship says: Once [an act of worship is] completed, participants should be encouraged to leave the premises promptly and to maintain 2 metres distance from members of other households, to minimise the risk of contact and spread of infection. The rules on gathering allow attendance at a place of worship as a reasonable excuse, however that should not be for a social purpose.
Refreshments may not be served before or after a service, even in a church cafe.
Cleaning the building
Welsh Government’s guidance for places of worship includes useful general guidance. Public Health England has published more detailed guidance about general cleaning and about cleaning a building when it is found that someone with Covid-19 has been present.
Test, Trace, Protect
Regulation 21(3) notes that one “reasonable measure” to safeguard people against coronavirus is:
collecting contact information from each person at the premises and retaining it for 21 days for the purpose of providing it to any of the following, upon their request—
(i) the Welsh Ministers;
(ii) a contact tracer;
and taking reasonable measures to ensure that such contact information is correct.
Welsh Government guidance for places of worship says Whether this measure is one that is “reasonable” and is, therefore, one that must be taken depends on the extent to which people who don’t know each other may interact on the premises and whether there is a risk of close interaction. Churches therefore should consider carefully keeping an attendance list for wedding or baptism services. However, some denominations recommend that such a list should be kept at all activities. If it is decided to keep a list, it is important to adhere to data protection regulations (GDPR).
Welsh Government guidance for community centres interprets the regulations to require keeping a list of attendees at community activities, so it is recommended that this continue for all community activities in places of worship.
Detailed guidance on keeping Test, Trace, Protect records can be found here.
It is not mandatory in Wales to display a QR code in places of worship to enable use of the Covid-19 app, but churches may choose to do so.
Individuals who are anxious about attending
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has written to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (those who were ‘shielded’ in March-July 2020), indicating that they can leave their homes, go to work, etc from March 31 2021.
There is no requirement on anyone to attend a place of worship for any purpose, and it is important to ensure pastoral care of anyone who is anxious regarding this.
- It may be of help to some to use the risk assessment tool for individuals which has been devised by Welsh Government. Although drawn up principally for workplaces, it can be used by anyone up to 79 years of age and gives an indication of the individuals’ risk level with regard to Covid-19. The United Reformed Church has drawn up a similar risk assessment for members of congregations including those aged over 80. It uses a slightly different metric.
- Welsh Government has produced a suite of easily read materials for the public offering general advice on keeping safe.
- Welsh Government has created badges and lanyards for individuals to wear in order to remind others to keep their distance.
Baptism by immersion
Baptism by immersion is not currently permitted, except where a member of a household baptises another member of the same household. There is a brief section in Welsh Government guidance which explains what is permitted.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has published brief guidance regarding some ways of arranging believers’ baptism in the current circumstances. Not all the suggestions in this guidance will be acceptable to all member churches of Cytun. It is important to conduct a risk assessment prior to arranging a service of this kind.
Welsh Government guidance about using food and drink (including the Holy Communion) in worship is designed to cover a wide range of faith practices, and can be difficult to interpret. The practices of different churches regarding communion vary considerably, and churches which are part of a denomination should seek the advice of their denomination in the first instance.
We offer the following general guidance, to be adapted to the theological understandings of individual churches:
1. It is not permitted to break a loaf or to share bread during the service. Wafers may be used, or bread may be prepared and packaged in advance. Some churches ask communicants to bring their own bread, but careful consideration should be given to how to deal with those who forget or those who are visiting and were unaware of this (see 4 below).
2. A common cup may not be used to share wine. Traditions which use individual glasses may do so, but it is better to arrange for the glasses to be filled ready in the pews or to be picked up on arrival at the service, rather than distributing them during the service. They should be carefully washed following the service, or disposable glasses should be used.
3. Traditions which require the blessing of the bread and wine prior to distribution should pay particular attention to the following section of the guidance:
Speaking, singing and chanting should not happen across uncovered consumables (other than consumables to be used by the individual alone). Instead consumables should be securely covered, and prior to the receptacle being opened, surfaces should be cleaned, hands must be washed or gloves worn.
4. A number of commercial suppliers provide individual packs containing a wafer and a plastic cup of wine and these can be blessed subject to the guidance above. Alternatively, they may be distributed to the pews prior to the service or be left for collection by worshippers as they arrive. If worshippers are asked to bring their own bread, a supply of these packs may be kept in reserve for worshippers who forget or are visiting. Some churches will be reluctant to use these packs due to the volume of unreusable plastic which they contain.
Children and young people
Places of worship are able to provide registered childcare, and worship for children. Children may also attend services of worship, subject to the safeguarding arrangements of the place of worship. Supervised children’s activities such as Sunday schools may not currently be provided indoors.
Organised outdoor activities are now permitted for children up to 18 years of age. Welsh Government’s detailed guidance can be found here. This guidance begins as follows:
outdoor activities run for the development and well-being of children and young people, such as sports clubs, drama classes, parent and toddler groups, youth groups and religious groups are allowed. This applies to children under 18 (or persons who were aged under 18 on 31 August 2020). There is no limit on the number of children and young children that can attend, but organisers should be mindful of the space available. Indoor activities and residential activities are not currently allowed. Organisers have a duty to take all reasonable measures to ensure that these activities take place in a way that minimises exposure to coronavirus. Therefore, they should consider the space available to allow social distancing wherever possible with children and to limit the number of children who can attend in order to achieve that.
Organised activities are not permitted indoors, but throughout the Level 4 restrictions it has been permissible to arrange child care sessions. The guidance for these can be seen here – and they are applicable to unregistered child care, such as that arranged by some places of worship during worship services. This guidance is statutory (that is, organisers must have regard to its content) and the guidance is clear that great caution must be taken with indoor child care. This caution is to be increased further with school age children, because the guidance for schools and providers advises against mixing children beyond their school or household groups unless absolutely essential. Welsh Government guidance for places of worship states supervised children’s activities such as Sunday schools and madrassas are prohibited. However, childcare providers can continue to provide their usual services in a place of worship. Having studied all the guidance, Cytûn’s opinion is that it is reasonable for the authorities of places of worship to consider offering child care for children under school age so that the older members of their household can attend in person worship, but we would advise against arranging indoor ‘child care’ for school age children. As many services of worship are currently shorter than usual, we believe that it may not be unreasonable to expect school age children to stay with their household throughout the worship. Each place of worship/faith community which decides to arrange child care should record in writing its decision on this matter and the reasons for it and its full risk assessment, in case questions arise.
Note that children under 11 do not need to wear a face covering. The regulations do not exempt children from keeping a social distance or other legal requirements, but Welsh Government guidance for community activities states:
In circumstances where young children mix with others, it may not be practical to attempt to maintain continual 2 metre distancing (between children, or even between children and adults). This is in part because it is harder for younger children to understand the concept of physical distancing, and in part because appropriate support from carers will often require closer contact.
For young children (those of primary school age or younger), it is in any case less essential to attempt to rigidly maintain continual 2 metre distance between them, or between the children and any adults outside their household or extended household. Studies have found that young children are less likely to transmit the virus, whether to other children or to adults, and the virus appears to take a milder course in children than in adults for most cases.
However as young children can still transmit the virus, parents of young children should still exercise their good judgement and take care especially to encourage their children to follow hand hygiene measures and keep close contact to a minimum wherever possible.
The Protective measures in childcare settings: keep childcare safe guidance should be a used as a guide for keeping children and adults safe during organised activities for children aged 0-12.
Church governance meetings
Schedule 3A, clause 1(2)(a) of the Regulations makes it a legal requirement to work or volunteer from home unless doing otherwise is reasonably necessary and there is no reasonably practicable alternative. There may be circumstances where urgency, and the lack of alternatives, require holding church a governance meeting (e.g. PCC, Deacons, Elders, etc) within a church building or community centre. If this is essential, and postponement is not possible, adherence to the above regulations should be ensured and the local risk assessment must permit. Where some members of the meeting are elderly and/or in poor health, this should be taken into account in the risk assessment.
Worshipping in premises not owned by the faith community
Welsh Government has provided Cytun with the following advice regarding use for worship of buildings other than places of worship – Local authorities can give permission for a premises to open for its express use as a place of worship. This could be an option if you anticipate larger congregations than can be safely accommodated in your normal place of worship. You will need to discuss this with the relevant local authority and liaise with the police.
Welsh Government emphasises that all the usual reasonable measures and mitigations described in the Guidance for Reopening Places of Worship are relevant. In reality, their application will need to be more rigorous as people will be gathering in unfamiliar circumstances. Therefore, managing the movement of people as they arrive and leave and during their time in the venue or outdoor setting to avoid household mixing, signage, handwashing, cleaning, collecting contact details will all be important.
It is the ‘person’ responsible for the premises who is required to ensure conformity with the regulations and arranging a risk assessment. It is, therefore, necessary to discuss with that ‘person’ how and when worship may resume.
Support schemes provided by UK and Welsh Governments
The UK Government has announced the extension of the Job Retention (furlough) scheme until the end of September 2021. The scheme is available to businesses whether they are open or closed, but the full regulations should be studied carefully. Taxation law is a specialised field, and you are advised to seek professional advice if you are unsure how to proceed in this regard.
The following Welsh Government funding will support community activities carried out by faith groups. It will not provide support for religious activity.
- The Voluntary Services Recovery Fund is available to all third sector groups, including faith groups. It aims to prevent inequalities which have arisen as a result of Covid-19 from becoming entrenched. It can fund recovery focused community activity which is volunteer led.
- The Third Sector Resilience Fund provides a mix of grant and loan funding for third sector organisations under three strands; survive, adapt and improve. It does accept applications from faith groups, however due to the loan element it may only be suitable for some groups. Applicants need to be incorporated organisations or prepared to incorporate before funding is finalised.
- The Community Facilities Programme provides capital grants at two levels, up to £25,000 for small projects and up to £250,000 for larger schemes. The grant must be used for the improvement of well used community buildings .This can include facilities operated by faith groups as long as they are open to the wider community.
There are a large number of other grant programmes offered by organisations outside of the Welsh Government which will provide funding for projects led by faith groups. This includes Welsh Churches Act funds operated by local authorities (refer to your local authority website) and programmes run by the National Lottery Community Fund, the Community Foundation Wales and a variety of trusts and foundations. Information on these sources of funding and many more can be found on the Funding Wales website.
The Business Wales website includes comprehensive information about other support schemes which are available and about an expanded apprenticeship scheme to assist those who are out of work due to the pandemic.
WCVA has collated a detailed list of sources of funding available to third sector organisations, many of which are open to applications from churches and faith groups.
It is also worth any faith group making contact with their local county voluntary council for support in identifying local and national funding sources. You can find information on your local county voluntary council at Third Sector Support Wales.