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National Literacy Trust loses £1m government funding
03.03.11 | Benedicte Page
The government's £1m grant to independent charity the National Literacy Trust is to be axed in its entirety.
NLT director Jonathan Douglas was told last week that the funding, 45% of the charity's total budget, would not be renewed in the next financial year. The NLT has launched a fundraising campaign to replace the axed funds but is warning it will now have to charge schools for some projects previously supported by the government grant and delivered free, such as the Reading Champions project for boys.
Head of development Judith Parke said the charity was working hard to avoid those charges for schools in areas of disadvantage. The fundraising campaign will include an appeal to individuals for a monthly £10 donation and a Where's Wally? schools fundraising initiative launching in April. Parke said the NLT would also be encouraging other publishers to emulate Walker Books, which raised £36,000 for the charity through employee fundraising last year.
Parke said there would be "no immediate job losses" at the charity, adding the NLT was "working hard to avoid" them.