Another £107m for arts recovery

Almost 1,000 arts organisations are to benefit from a new round of £107m worth of grants from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The initial £1.57bn fund announced  in July 2020 was augmented in the March budget by another £300m, with beneficiaries this time including regional theatres, local museums, churches and independent cinemas to allow them to stay open as they recover from the effects of lockdown during the pandemic.

In the latest round the 927 recipients include Derby Theatre (£500,.000), Hexham’s Forum Cinema (£102,000, pictured), Little Angel Theatre in Islington (71,000), Exeter Cathedral (£566,000), Leigh Spinners Mill in Wigan (£126,000) and Norfolk Museums Service (£228,000).

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from” said Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary. “Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.” 

The funding will be distributed by Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, and £6.5m will be shared by 57 organisations in urgent need of financial help.

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