Crawley MP welcomes funding boost to support local cultural and heritage sites

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the announcement that Crawley will receive £370,908 to support iconic cultural and heritage organisations as they reopen and recover from coronavirus.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 10:01 am
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 4:12 pm

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 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.

Smith said; “The past year has had a devastating impact on cultural and heritage organisations so it’s fantastic news that more than £370,000 is being provided to support these most valued groups.

Crawley MP Henry Smith. Picture by Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament
Crawley MP Henry Smith. Picture by Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament

“I’m 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.”

Nearly all of the original £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund has now been allocated, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 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.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Oliver Dowden, commented; “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.”