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Over £ 18million awarded in final first round grants of the Culture Revival Fund

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  • Projects to revive heritage sites have been boosted by £ 13.5million in seed grants, including UK’s oldest synagogue and Georgian outdoor swimming pool
  • 33 independent cinemas receive final awards from the first round of support from the British Film Institute
  • Awarded as applications are being processed for an additional £ 400million in grants and loans vital to support cultural venues during the summer

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the final awards to be made from the first round of the government’s £ 1.57 billion Culture Stimulus Fund. The latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, build on more than £ 1 billion awarded to a wide range cultural and heritage organizations last year.

The ambitious projects of 22 heritage organizations will benefit from £ 13.5million in targeted grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restart regeneration and maintenance projects that were planned before the pandemic and are now facing delays or increased costs.

33 cinemas across England will benefit from £ 5million from the BFI as final applications for independent cinemas are processed ahead of the Culture Recovery Fund’s second round.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

From restoring Georgian lidos and Roman baths to saving local screens and synagogues, our Culture Revival Fund is helping save the places people can’t wait to return, when it is safe to do so.

Across the country, this funding protects the places that have shaped our history and makes us proud of our communities, while preserving the livelihoods of the people who work there.

A grant of £ 497,000 will go to Bevis Marks Synagogue, the UK’s oldest synagogue, to protect its collection of important artifacts and illuminate the history of the site and the community that has worshiped there for 300 years.

Over 90% of grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund have gone to heritage projects outside London, ensuring that the future of important projects in historic places is protected in all corners of England.

The Black Country Living Museum currently operates as a vaccination center, but prior to the pandemic the museum was planning the largest development in its history which would create a new area on site exploring the history of the region in the 1940s, 1950s and 1980s. 1960s. A grant of £ 3,740,000 will help this ambitious project continue, creating job and skills development opportunities in the region.

£ 290,000 will ensure plans to restore Cleveland’s swimming pools into a vibrant community asset can still unfold as planned despite the pandemic. The Grade II * listed site is one of Britain’s oldest outdoor lidos and visitors of all ages will be able to swim in the revamped crescent pool year-round from 2022.

Ros Kerslake, Managing Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

These are all major ongoing renovation and restoration projects funded by us that have been threatened by the pandemic. From the oldest surviving outdoor pools to a Victorian pier, and from a much-loved parkland to a historic abbey, these are all places that will enrich hundreds of lives when they reopen. We are delighted that this additional funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will ensure the continuation of these exciting projects.

In addition, the BFI has awarded £ 5million in grants to 33 cinemas, including two large independent companies operating cinemas across England. These cinema grants mean that 207 independent cinemas have been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund, 83% of which are outside London.

Ben Roberts, Managing Director of BFI said:

Across the country, local independent cinemas are lifelines for communities and often the only form of culture and entertainment. In addition to bringing people together to enjoy the magic of the big screen, local cinemas are centers of educational and film activities and provide thousands of jobs. The pandemic has shown how important local communities are and support from the Culture Recovery Fund means that many cinemas will be able to reopen and play a vital role in local economies and regeneration.

Reel Cinemas has received £ 1,500,000 to support 13 multiplexes that will be essential to the economic and cultural recovery of the communities they serve from Wakefield to Fareham.

KC Suri, Director of Reel Cinemas, said:

It has been very important for us to seize every opportunity to protect the jobs of every member of the Reel Cinemas staff and to allow cinemas to reopen, when permitted, to continue serving our communities. This is why we would like to thank the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports and the BFI who awarded us this grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. This vital funding will allow us to protect job security and manage the sustainability of our business during these difficult times.

Light Cinemas will receive a grant of £ 2,928,364 to support 10 cinema venues in the North, Midlands and South East, ensuring that their broad film lineup and strong community engagement can restart when cinemas can reopen in completely safe.

Keith Pullinger, Vice President and Founder of The Light Cinemas said:

We would like to thank everyone at BFI and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports for supporting us throughout the process to receive a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. The Covid-19 has devastated our finances and this grant is essential to protect our future and ensure our survival. There is still a lot of work to be done, but now we have a platform from which to start rebuilding our business. Our owners and suppliers will have to play their part, but this will help protect the jobs of the 220 people employed in our theaters. We look forward to delighting our customers once again when we reopen all of our locations later this year.

Ten awards totaling £ 636,887 in critical support to independent cinemas across England bring the total grants awarded in the first round of funding for the sector to £ 21,080,662.

The BFI, along with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and Arts Council England, are currently assessing applications for the remaining £ 400million from the Culture Recovery Fund, which has been withheld to allow the government to support organizations during the spring and summer.

Culture Recovery Fund’s first round recipients contributed stunning footage to a curated collection of video call backgrounds, released today. The public can choose from famous art venues and heritage sites from Durham Cathedral and the English National Ballet to local favorites like the Savoy Cinema in Heaton Moor to use as a background and show their support for the cultural sectors. The backgrounds are free to download.

Notes to Editors

The list of National Lottery Heritage Fund capital grants is as follows:

Oxford Museum of Hidden Stories £ 240,000
Bevis Marks Synagogue Heritage Foundation £ 497,000
North Yorkshire Moors Historic Railway Trust £ 296,000
The Royal Pavilion Estate, Brighton £ 1,000,000
Tavistock Guild Hall Gateway Center £ 130,900
House Museum (Geffrye Museum Trust) £ 692,000
Bath Abbey £ 534,000
Tunbridge Wells Culture and Learning Center £ 675,000
The Archway Center: Roman Baths Learning Center and World Heritage Center £ 359,600
Swanage Pier Regeneration Project £ 469,800
Cleveland Pools Trust £ 290,000
Lincoln Cathedral £ 973,600
Chester Farm £ 719,700
Wicksteed Park £ 302,700
Living Museum of the Black Country £ 3,740,000
The Whitaker £ 179,900
The Globe, Stockton-on-Tees £ 774,000
The Great North Common Room £ 228,000
Beamish Museum £ 975,500
Carlisle Cathedral £ 250,000
Thackray Museum £ 174,600
Hyde Park Photo House £ 285,600

The list of cinemas receiving grants in this cycle from the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas awarded by the British Film Institute is:

Reel Cinemas (13 locations) £ 1,500,000
The Cinemas Lumière (10 locations) £ 2,928,364
Archlight Cinema, London £ 152,362
East Coast Cinema, Lowestoft £ 89,373
The Bonington, Nottingham £ 66,695
Piccadilly Cinema, Leicester £ 21,220
Cinema Tower, Skegness £ 36,026
CineBowl, Uttoxter £ 165,448
Regal Cinema, Wadebridge £ 5.625
Rex Cinema, Wareham £ 52,606
Westlands Entertainment Hall, Yeovil £ 33,133
The Wharf Cinema, Tavistock £ 14,399
  • Supported Reel Cinemas are in Borehamwood, Bridgnorth (Majestic), Burnley / Hollywood Park, Chippenham, Chorley, Fareham / Market Quay, Ilkeston (Scala), Kingston Upon Hull, Morecambe, Quinton / Dudley, Rochdale, Wakefield and Widnes.
  • Supported light cinemas are in Addlestone, Bolton, Bradford, Cambridge, New Brighton, Sheffield, Stockport, Thetford, Walsall and Wisbech.


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