Canterbury Cathedral has been awarded a grant of £150,000 towards the cost of major building repairs as part of an award of £8.3 million by the Government as the second installation of its World War One Commemoration inspired fund. The fund, which was first announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, in the budget on Wednesday 19 March 2014, will give £20 million to the cathedrals of England over a period of two years. 31 cathedrals will receive a total of £8.3 million for major repairs in today’s award. The third round with £7 million to award will close on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and all projects awarded money will be complete by March 2016.
We are delighted with this grant of £150,000 towards the continuing restoration of Canterbury Cathedral. The grant will go towards essential repairs to the roof of the Martyrdom and help preserve this highly important part of the Cathedral for generations to come.
Brig John Meardon, Receiver General of Canterbury Cathedral
The Cathedral is also raising funds to match a Heritage Lottery Grant award to repair the roof of the Nave, the Western towers, and the Christ Church Gate, as well as improving public access and involvement.
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