£1,294,505 funding boost to support cultural and heritage sites in Lewes

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed the announcement that the Lewes Constituency will receive £1,294,505  to support iconic cultural and heritage organisations and independent cinemas as they reopen and recover from coronavirus.

This is part of the £400 million in grants and loans being delivered to over 2,700 organisations across England, to help cultural and heritage organisations reopen and thrive in the better times ahead.

This brings the Conservative Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

Nearly all of the original £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund has now been allocated, and the Chancellor announced a further £300 million boost for the Fund at last month’s Budget, taking direct government investment in the sector since the start of the pandemic to almost £2 billion.

The Conservative Government is protecting our most treasured arts and cultural institutions – organisations that are irreplaceable parts of our heritage – ensuring they can survive in the short-term and thrive in the future.

Maria Caulfield MP said “The past year has had a devastating impact on cultural and heritage organisations in the Lewes constituency, so it is fantastic news that £1,294,505 is being provided to support these most valued organisations. From the Depot Cinema in Lewes town to the Bluebell Railway, Ditchling museum and Charleston , all having received significant funding from the Government to get them through this difficult period”

“I’m really excited that as we set out on our cautious roadmap to reopening up this sector, we’ll soon be able to enjoy these extraordinary institutions once again, and I’m delighted that the support is being put in place to help them thrive in the future.”

The picture shows local MP Maria Caulfield on a visit to the Bluebell Railway