Julian Knight MP has welcomed the announcement that Solihull will receive £88,209 to support iconic cultural and heritage organisations and independent cinemas as they reopen and recover from coronavirus.
Four organisations across Solihull have been awarded grants as part of this funding, including Art at the Heart CIC – a company focused on improving the wellbeing of young people by getting them into making art.
Commenting, Julian Knight MP said:
“The past year has had a devastating impact on cultural and heritage organisations in Solihull, so it is fantastic news that over £88,000 is being provided to support these most valued organisations.
“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.”
This funding is part of the £400 million in grants and loans being delivered to over 2,700 organisations across England, included in the unprecedented Cultural Recovery Fund. The fund is the largest one-off investment in the arts in Britain’s history, and is intended 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.