£957,791 is being provided to help iconic cultural and heritage organisations in North Wiltshire reopen and recover. Across the country, more than 2,700 culture and heritage organisations and independent cinemas are being supported to survive and thrive with nearly £400 million. This is part of the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, worth almost £2 billion, the largest one-off investment in the arts in our history.
James Gray MP has welcomed the announcement that North Wiltshire will receive £957,791 to support iconic cultural and heritage organisations and independent cinemas as they reopen and recover from coronavirus.
This is part of the £400 million in grants and loans being delivered to over 2,700 organisations across England, to help cultural and heritage organisations reopen and thrive in the better times ahead.
This brings the Conservative Government's total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.
Nearly all of the original £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund has now been allocated, and the Chancellor announced a further £300 million boost for the Fund at last month’s Budget, taking direct government investment in the sector since the start of the pandemic to almost £2 billion.
The Conservative Government is protecting our most treasured arts and cultural institutions – organisations that are irreplaceable parts of our heritage – ensuring they can survive in the short-term and thrive in the future.
Commenting, James Gray said:
“The past year has had a devastating impact on cultural and heritage organisations in North Wiltshire, so it is fantastic news that £957,791 is being provided to support these most valued organisations. I am delighted that the following organisations are recipients of this funding: Ammonite Studios Limited, Adam King, Odin Events, Judgeday, Bowood Open Days, PCC of Sutton Benger, Abbey House Gardens and Grittleton House.
“I’m really excited that as we set out on our cautious roadmap to reopening up this sector, we’ll soon be able to enjoy these extraordinary institutions once again, and I’m delighted that the support is being put in place to help them thrive in the future.”
Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, said:
“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.
“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.”