In the provision of meeting houses, area meetings should, wherever possible, choose sites which allow for the greatest possible use by the whole community. The acquisition of older property for conversion to a meeting house may involve difficulties which should be assessed by a surveyor before purchase is considered by the area meeting. In contemplating the building of meeting houses, area meetings should have regard to the suitability of the building as a place of worship. Relevant criteria include simplicity of design, soundness of construction, access for people with disabilities and avoidance of extravagance.
Funds are available in suitable cases for making loans or grants, or both, to area meetings to meet part of the cost of building new meeting houses; the purchase and adaptation of properties to make them suitable for use as meeting houses; major alterations to existing meeting houses and major repairs to historic meeting houses. Information about the Meeting Houses Funds is obtainable from Quaker Finance & Property.