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First World War Centenary cathedral repair fund opens

Church of England and Catholic cathedrals in England can apply to new fund for urgent repair work.

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Salisbury Cathedral by Steve Cadman on Flickr
Salisbury Cathedral by Steve Cadman on Flickr

Grants from the £20 million fund, which was announced by the Chancellor at Budget 2014, will allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work, including keeping the building wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public, and preventing further deterioration of the building.

Focal points for reflection and remembrance

Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain’s shared history and will be especially important as the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said:

Our cathedrals are a unique part of England’s heritage. The Cathedrals Repair fund will ensure investment in their upkeep for the First World War centenary commemorations and beyond, ensuring they continue to play a pivotal role in our communities.

Sir Paul Ruddock has been appointed as the independent Chair of the Expert Panel who will assess all the bids. Currently Chair of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sir Paul is involved with ChurchCare and a supporter of the 100 Church Treasures initiative.

Cathedrals can apply via an online application form available here

Published 30 April 2014