Rachel has welcomed funding from the Culture Recovery Fund for three organisations in her constituency.

The UK’s world-class cultural, creative and heritage sectors have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and in July, the Government announced an unprecedented £1.57 billion support package to see them through the crisis.

Since the fund’s launch in July, £1 billion worth of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund has now been allocated across all four nations of the UK.

Data from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport shows the fund has supported at least 75,000 jobs, with broader impacts across the supply chain and for freelancers, who are now benefiting from new work being created.

From the funding distributed to date, three awards have been made in Redditch so far, totalling £269,526. The three organisations awarded funding includes £173,074 for Rubicon Leisure which runs leisure facilities in Redditch, including the Abbey Stadium & Palace Theatre, £71,452 for the Canal & River Trust to repair the Grade II-listed Coffin Bridge in Hanbury and £25,000 for the Grade I-listed St Peter’s Church in Rous Lench.

It has also been announced a new round of loan applications will open before Christmas, and grants in the New Year. This will be the last opportunity for organisations to access the Culture Recovery Fund, providing Redditch organisations with a further opportunity to seek support for their costs next year, including costs for helping organisations to get ready to reopen in spring.

Rachel said:

“Arts, culture and heritage are the beating heart of our communities and I’m delighted three organisations in my constituency have been awarded funding from the Culture Recovery Fund to ensure this continues to be the case.”