The Big Lottery Fund will grant £12 million for the programme of long-term reconstruction initiatives to help tackle the Tsunami Earthquake disaster.
Funding will be used for projects aimed at rebuilding communities devastated by the disaster and restoring shattered civil infrastructure.
Sir Clive Booth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, explained why the grant was made. “Money is not just needed now, but long into the future and Lottery players can be confident this funding will continue to play an important role in the reconstruction of these devastated areas for years to come”.
Arts Minister Estelle Morris said: “The Big Lottery Fund has moved quickly to make sure that Lottery Money is used to help victims of the Tsunami Earthquake. The Fund will be working closely with the charities in receipt of the funding to target this money as effectively as possible.”
The £12 million funding will provide a programme of reconstruction over three years. This funding is additional to that to be awarded by the new International Grants programme due to be launched in 2005/2006.
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