Culture and heritage organisations in Worcester will receive £1.66 million 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, Worcester’s local MP Robin Walker said:

“I have been in touch with arts, heritage and cultural organisations throughout the pandemic and am all too aware of the challenges they have faced during the past year. I have been liaising with colleagues in government and local community groups so we can make sure the government gives these groups the support they deserve.

“It’s really important that organisations like Worcester Live, Worcester Cathedral, the English Symphony Orchestra, and all the other great local organisations that make up the fabric of our area continue to thrive after this pandemic.

“This money will help towards ensuring the future of the heritage, arts, and culture sectors in my constituency and I will continue to fight to ensure they have the support they need to carry on contributing to our community.”

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.”