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445 organisations will share £103m to help restart vital repair and maintenance work on heritage sites, in a bid to keep venues open and to save jobs and livelihoods.
Jane Imrie

Culture boost as hundreds of organisations to receive “lifesaving” £103m funding

The government has announced that hundreds of heritage organisations are set to receive a share of multi-million pound funding.

445 organisations will share £103m to help restart vital repair and maintenance work on heritage sites, in a bid to keep venues open and to save jobs and livelihoods.

This funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund, funded by the government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, designed to support Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden commented: “As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past.

“This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post-Covid.”

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, added: “It is absolutely right that investing in heritage should be a priority during this crisis and this support by [the] government is crucial.

“Heritage creates jobs and economic prosperity, is a major driver for tourism and makes our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live. All of this is so important for our wellbeing and will be particularly vital when we start to emerge from this incredibly difficult time.”

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