- £1.2 million is being provided to help iconic cultural and heritage organisations in Croydon 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.
Mario Creatura has welcomed the announcement that Croydon will receive £1,192,530 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, Mario said:
“The past year has had a devastating impact on cultural and heritage organisations in Croydon, so it is fantastic news that £1.2 million is being provided to support these most valued organisations.
“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.”
- We are delivering an extra £300 million for our Culture Recovery Fund, bringing total funding to £1.99 billion, supporting our valued cultural organisations throughout and beyond this pandemic. We are providing £300 million to extend the existing £1.57 billion scheme, bringing the total funding up to £1.99 billion – allowing us to continue to support key national and local cultural organisations in England as the sector recovers (HMT, Budget 2021, 3 March 2021, link).
- We are providing an additional £90 million for National Museums and cultural bodies, protecting them for future generations to enjoy. We are continuing to support government-sponsored National Museums and cultural bodies in England with £90 million of additional funding to support them until at least May 17 - or Step 3, when venues are allowed to open their doors to the public (HMT, Budget 2021, 3 March 2021, link).
- Over 2,700 organisations have been offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the sector reopen and recover. This brings the 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 organisations (DCMS)
- Recipients of these grants and loans include treasured national institutions. Recipients include Glastonbury Festival, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Heritage Trust, The Sage Gateshead, the National Football Museum (DCMS)