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Leisure venues to receive vital grants from the government

Leisure venues to receive vital grants from the government

More than 1,300 arts and cultural organisations are to receive a share of £257 million, culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced.

Organisations that applied for grants for under £1 million from the Culture Recovery Fund were informed of their awards by Arts Council England, which is distributing funding on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The funding will support iconic venues including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Liverpool’s Cavern Club. It will also protect hundreds of local organisations that serve as a hub in their communities, such as the Beamish Living Museum in County Durham and the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.

“The government is here for culture and we have worked around the clock to get this record investment out to the frontline,” says Dowden. “It will allow our wonderful theatres, museums, music venues and cultural organisations to survive this crisis and start putting on performances again – protecting jobs and creating new work for freelancers.

“This is just the start, with hundreds of millions of pounds more on the way for cultural organisations of all sizes that still need our help.”