Diocese of Exeter's church grants help 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.
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."