Diocese of Exeter's church grants help communities

Rt Rev Michael Langrish
Image caption Bishop Langrish said the projects would help many communities

Churches in Devon are to receive a share of £1m from the Diocese of Exeter for community projects.

About £600,000 has been allocated to projects at 50 churches in Devon, with £400,000 to be given to other schemes in February, the diocese said.

The amount was made available after it took £1m out of its reserves.

The money will be spent on employing youth and children's workers and developing existing facilities at churches across Devon.

Churches had to submit project ideas in a bid to secure funding.

The largest grant, of £93,000, has been given to St Budeaux Parish Church in Plymouth, to fund a debt counselling centre for local people.

'Real needs'

Other grants include £58,000 to pay for youth workers at Tiverton's St George and St Paul's parish churches.

About £39,000 has been allocated to St Mary's Church in Uffculme to develop its cafe to benefit the rural community, a spokesperson said.

Churches in Alphington, Shillington and Ide in Exeter were awarded £62,000 to employ a children's worker.

The Rt Rev Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, said: "Each project shows how churches right across Devon are responding to the real needs of their communities."

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