Great and small benefit from new £400m rescue handout

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Arts and heritage organisations ranging from Glastonbury Festival to a cinema in a medieval barn are among more than 2,700 cultural organisations to receive grants worth £300m and loans from the latest £400m disbursement from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Over £170m in loans goes to organisations including the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, with new loans worth £81m going to the likes of the English Heritage Trust, the Lowry in Salford and The Sage Gateshead. The Courtauld, Design Museum Sadler’s Wells and Shakespeare’s Globe are also among those to get repayable finance from the scheme.

Grants worth almost £60m have been awarded to theatres across the country to reopen, and the BFI has given £6.5m to independent local cinemas, including £45,640 for the Barn Cinema in Darlington set in a 14th century barn.

Museums are to get more than £25 million, with the National Football Museum in Manchester getting £239,721 in a second grant. Comedy clubs such as the Leeds Brudenell Social Club, music venues and multi-purpose stages like the Roundhouse in London are also included.

Examples of others benefitting from smaller grants and loans are the Turbine Theatre, the Wiltshire Music Centre, Boundless Theatre, Live Music Now, Z-Arts and Southwark Park Galleries. Also included is The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk, an artist-centred project featured in AI in February, which gets almost £94,000 to reopen the gallery

Today’s announcement brings the investment from the CRF’s £1.57bn announced last July to £1.2bn across over 5,000 cultural and heritage organisations. “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced” said Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary. “Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Full list of CRF 2 recipients


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