National Churches Trust
Places of worship across the UK are finding it harder than ever to get funding, the National Churches Trust (NCT) has said.
Speaking on the launch of a newsletter for Friends of the NCT, Claire Walker, chief executive of the trust, said, ‘In these tough economic times, places of worship are finding it harder than ever to pay for essential repairs.
‘This is reflected in a major increase in the number of grant applications we are receiving. In the first five months of 2012, the trust received 425 requests for grants, a rise of 40 per cent when compared to the same period in 2011’.
The NCT’s limited resources mean it can only support a small proportion of the many projects that apply for funding. The newsletter launch comes as the charity celebrates its fifth anniversary.
Since 2007 the NCT has provided grants of more than £8 million to almost 900 UK places of worship.