All Churches Trust, the charitable arm of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group Limited is offering funding to churches considering the installation of a roof alarm to help prevent the fairly recent trend of lead theft from church roofs.

The deadline for applications has now been extended to 31st March 2017.

To be eligible to apply for up to £1,000 towards the cost of an alarm, the following criteria must be met:

  • Any proposed roof alarm/protection scheme must be approved by the church’s insurers;
  • The PCC must commit to maintaining the scheme for a minimum of five years.

The benefits of a roof alarm system are:

  • They are highly effective at deterring metal theft;
  • They are specifically set up to detect and deter intruders before any damage is caused;
  • They are designed to be virtually invisible and reversible;
  • They are able to cover large roof areas cost effectively;
  • And, finally they are good for buildings in remote or rural locations – if the security system is activated, a planned response based on your specific instructions is carried out.


Not sure whether to apply?

All Churches Trust has compiled a self-assessment tool to identify the level of risk your church might be at which you can read here.

English Heritage has updated their guidance note on protecting churches from metal theft which includes a best practice document.

How do we apply?

For any Churches keen to apply, a straightforward application form can be downloaded here.

Once completed, this needs to be emailed to

Please also notify DAC Secretary if you will be making an application.