Church gets a $150,000 grant from city council

RESTORATIONS: St Peter's Anglican Church parish reverend Nick Mountfort is grateful after the city council has approved a $150,000 grant towards the restoration of the church.

A $150,000 grant from the city council has pushed St Peter’s Anglican Church closer to restoration.

The Upper Riccarton church, which was consecrated in 1858, was damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake.

The grant, from the Capital Endowment Fund, was approved at city council last Thursday.

Riccarton Ward city councillor Vicki Buck made an amendment on the $100,000 grant, increasing it to $150,000. “I’d like to see us give more than $100,000. The loan won’t be helpful as they can’t afford a loan,” she said.

Originally, St Peter’s applied for the Heritage Incentive Grant – seeking $500,000 of funding. The application was then deferred as the proposal would have a significant impact on heritage values and key criteria was not met.

Parish reverend Nick Mountfort said they are thrilled with the $150,000 grant.

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