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Architecture Foundation boosted by surprise increase in funding

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Arts Council England (ACE) has announced that it has substantially increased the Architecture Foundation's budget this year.

The move will come as a surprise after ACE's disappointing settlement with the government for the period to 2008.

The foundation will see funding rise by over 15 per cent, with its current £97,000 grant growing to nearly £115,000 by 2008.

Director Rowan Moore said he was delighted with the increase.

'We are grateful for the Arts Council's support, ' he said. 'It's a vote of confidence in the foundation's achievements and our plans for the future.' ACE's executive director for London, Sarah Weir, said the increase was no mean feat given the circumstances. In London, there will be an overall uplift of 8 per cent in funding by 2007-8.

'Our regularly funded organisations are the bedrock of our arts infrastructure - their quality and range reflect the diverse cultural heritage that makes this city such a special place to live, work and visit, ' she said.

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