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We are absolutely delighted to announce we have been successful in our most recent bid for a second round of funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund; an intiative set up to help the arts, culture and heritage to recover after the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have been approved to receive up to £291,900 to help us safely reopen, make improvements to our organisation to help welcome visitors as well as safeguard jobs in the Abbey and Refectory Cafe. The money will go a very long way in helping us to recover from the financial impact the pandemic has had on us. A series of opening events will be delivered over the summer months to welcome existing visitors back to the Abbey and to hopefully engage with a new, more diverse audience.
The Abbey is among more than 2,700 receipients to beneift from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including Hexham Abbey, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced on Friday.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic. 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 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
The funding awarded is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England