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£346,500 funding boost to support cultural and heritage sites in Staffordshire Moorlands

Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley has welcomed the announcement that Staffordshire Moorlands will receive £346,500 to support iconic cultural and heritage organisations 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.

The following funding is being awarded in Staffordshire Moorlands in this round:

The Kenelm Youth Trust Limited £52,900

Alstonefield Parochial Church Council £10,300

Churnet Valley Railway (1992) PLC £283,300

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.

Commenting, Karen said:

“Covid has affected us all, but the impact on our tourism and hospitality businesses has been most pronounced so it is fantastic news that £346,500 is being provided to support these organisations in the Moorlands.”

Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, 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.”


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