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Cultural and heritage organisations can apply to receive funding

Words: Laura Edgar
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Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that the final £300 million of the government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund will open for applications ‘shortly’.

The cash will support arts, heritage, cultural and creative organisations in need of urgent funding.

More than £1.2 billion has already been allocated to 5,000 organisations in England, with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also receiving support. The government said the first round of funding is estimated to have supported 75,000 jobs, while the second supported 52,000 full-time jobs and nearly 100,000 freelancers. It was launched to help organisations through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The final round of funding is intended to support the cultural, heritage and creative sectors in reopening at full capacity, underlining the government’s commitment to help them ‘build back better’ as life returns to normal.

Nearly £220 million will be available for both new organisations at risk of imminent failure and existing recipients of the fund.

Dowden said: “Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of organisations across the country to survive and protected hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now, as we look forward to full reopening, this funding shows our commitment to stand behind culture and heritage all the way through the pandemic.

“This round of funding will provide a further boost to help organisations build back better and ensure we can support more of those in need – safeguarding our precious culture and heritage, and the jobs this supports.”

The fund has so far helped organisations such as Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Albert Hall and local organisations including the Black Country Living Museum and Sage Gateshead.

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