Extra £5.25m to help Wales’ arts survive

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The Welsh government is making £5.25m to get the principality’s cultural organisations through the winter.

The new fund, announced today by deputy arts minister Dawn Bowden, is aimed at helping Welsh arts organisations, libraries, museums and independent cinemas as they struggle with the effects of the Omicron Covid variant.

The new fund, which will cover the period 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, is in addition to the £60m already allocated to assist businesses affected by the latest restrictions. It opens for applications on January 12 and they must be submitted by 5pm on January 26.

“Despite commendable innovation and resilience, the people and organisations which make our cultural sector so vibrant and economically stable have been severely impacted by the pandemic” Bowden said. “While many organisations are affected by Covid-19 it’s important funds are given to those in the most urgent need. This fund is about survival, it is about not compensating for temporarily reduced profits. We’d therefore ask you to think carefully about whether you need to make an application to this fund.”

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