Three organisations in Fareham have been awarded with funding as part of the first round of announcements on the Government’s Culture Recovery Funds Grant programme, being administered by the Arts Council.
Liteup Events Limited received £230,000, The Brickworks Museum received £55,934 and Titchfield Festival Theatre Museum received £113,497.
A number of announcements are being made over the next few weeks and this will be the first Grants round to be announced, although £3.36 million has already been awarded in emergency funding to 136 Grassroots Music Venues across the country.
Earlier this year, the Government announced £1.57 billion in support to help protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impact of Covid-19. Arts Council England is administering up to £500m in grants, and up to £270m in repayable finance.
The money, which represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic and will also benefit those who work in the sector.
A Cultural Renewal Taskforce, led by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is also working on how to help the cultural and leisure sectors of our economy bounce back. As part of the taskforce, an Entertainment and Events Working Group has brought together representatives from around the country to develop advice and guidance on the reopening of cultural venues across the nation, helping to get employees back to work and audiences once again enjoying our thriving cultural sector. The working group includes representatives from regional and London-based theatres, performing arts and other creative organisations as well as medical advisors.
Commenting Suella Braverman said:
“I am delighted to learn that three local businesses in Fareham will receive a significant amount of funding as part of only the first round of announcements. I am acutely aware of the financial hardship endured by theatres and museums throughout this crisis, and I know that this funding will offer some much-needed respite at a time of uncertainty. It is my belief that culture and art, along with economic prosperity and political freedom, are the pillars upon which this country rests, and I believe that this investment bears testament to the Government’s commitment to maintaining our global pre-eminence in the industry.”