The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (the DAC) is a statutory body set up under The Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure of 1991. 

Its membership consists of representatives of the clergy and laity and national heritage organisations together with architects and others with specialist knowledge relating to the care, history and artistic content of church buildings. 

The DAC draws on the expertise of a range of specialist consultants who all serve  in a voluntary capacity.

The DAC has the formal responsibility of advising the Chancellor of the Diocese on the Care of Churches and their furnishings, as well as churchyards. 

The work of the DAC is vital if the Church is to retain freedom to handle its own planning consents and so protect the role of churches as places used for worship.

Please note: Revised rules will come into effect on 1st April 2020 for Faculty Jurisdiction and the online Faculty System. Read about the new rules here.

Important dates for 2020

Faculty application closing dates 2020

Friday, 10 January
Friday, 21 February
Tuesday, 7 April *
Friday, 29 May
Friday, 10 July
Wednesday, 2 September *
Friday, 16 October
Friday, 27 November 

* Early cut-offs owing to Easter and DAC Conference

Important dates for 2021

Faculty application closing dates 2021
Friday 15 January 2021
Friday 5 March 2021
Tuesday 28 April 2021
Friday 2 July 2021
Wednesday 25 August
Friday 29 October 2021

DAC Committee Members

The Revd Canon Matthew Barnes, Chairman

The Venerable Dr Christopher Cunliffe, Archdeacon of Derby

The Venerable Carol Coslett, Archdeacon of Chesterfield

The Revd Peter Barham, clergy member

Mrs Christine Beach, lay member

Mr Richard Brook, Conservation Architect

Dr Christopher Charlton OBE, Member nominated by English Heritage

Mr James Darwin, Amenities Societies Representative

Mrs Virginia Davis, lay member

Mr Alex Gilbert, Local Authorities Representative

Mr Simon Gratton, Conservation Architect

The Revd Julian Hollywell, clergy member

The Revd Canon Tony Kaunhoven, clergy member

Mr Richard Smith, Conservation Architect

Mrs Elizabeth Walker, Conservation Architect

Mr Richard Brook, Conservation Architect

Mr Nigel Sherratt, DAC Secretary

Mrs Sarah Legg, DAC Administrator


For advice or guidance, please contact:

Nigel Sherratt:  01332 388683

Sarah Legg: 01332 388657 (Mondays and Tuesdays only)


Submitting applications

All applications for works to churches can be made through the Online Faculty System

Don’t miss out on essential funding for your church

National Churches Trust

You might not know, but there is a range of grants available to help churches pay for maintenance services booked through the website MaintenanceBooker.

Investing in regular maintenance work to your building now can significantly reduce your longer term costs.

To access and book maintenance services, places of worship first need to register to use the site.

MaintenanceBooker is supported by the National Churches Trust (NCT) and managed by NCT Heritage Services Ltd in partnership with 2buy2.

Foundation Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects costing up to £20,000 (exc VAT). The maximum grant size is 50% of costs.

>> Download the NCT Grant Programmes leaflet 2019-2023 [PDF]

There are two ways for churches to engage with the grants:

  1. Standard Foundation Grant application to the NCT Grants Committee. The deadline for applications is 26 September 2019 for decisions in November 2019. Churches can use contractors previously selected through a competitive process where they can demonstrate that at least two quotes were received.
  2. Foundation Grant application to support tendering done through MaintenanceBooker. Applications received this way will not be bound by the 26 September 2019 deadline. Applications for contracts will be accepted on a rolling basis until 2 December 2019, when the funding campaign will end. Decisions will be made within 1 month, allowing for quicker turn around on maintenance and small repair projects. 

Churches can apply for more than one Foundation Grant if they can demonstrate that the works being requested are distinct, and the works are being done by different contractors.

The NCT will be announcing some changes this autumn to the NCT grant programmes for 2020.

It is uncertain that the Foundation Grants programme will retain a £10,000 grant ceiling, so they strongly encourage churches to submit bids early this year. Visit for more details.

The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact and Find Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650


Map and parking information