Press Release from Darren Henry MP:
Today it was announced that two businesses in Broxtowe will benefit from a total of over £55,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund. Two Broxtowe organisations – the Canalside Heritage Centre and Offshoots East Midlands Community Interest Company – have secured funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s fund.
When asked, Broxtowe MP Darren Henry commented: “I am delighted that this funding is coming to Broxtowe! I know that for both organisations this funding will provide much-needed financial support to help them recover from the impact of the pandemic – whether that be to help prepare to welcome back visitors in the months ahead or to kickstart investment in community projects.”
Nicola Wood, Manager of the Canalside Heritage Centre said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support from the Culture Recovery Fund as without this funding, we would not have been able to survive. This money will help us get back off the ground after what has been a very difficult year and allow us to continue to support the local communities of Broxtowe through our social prescribing, wellbeing partnership project work.”
Across the country, over 2,700 organisations are being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans as part of the Culture Recovery Fund to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover, including arts, culture, heritage organisations as well as independent cinemas. This fund – which has already awarded £800 million in grants to cultural organisations and heritage sites across the country – will provide a lifeline for museums, theatres, performance venues, historic sites and cinemas as they reopen to audiences and visitors throughout the spring and summer.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, 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.”
At last month’s Budget, the Chancellor announced a £300 million boost for the Culture Recovery Fund, as part of a wider £408 million package for arts and culture taking direct government investment in the sector since the start of the pandemic stands at almost £2 billion. Further details on the third round of the Culture Recovery Fund will be available in due course.
Broxtowe MP Darren Henry further added that he is keen to help other organisations within Broxtowe to secure funding once the third round of the Culture Recovery Fund opens.