Last £300m of CRF cash to be handed out

The last £300m of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund is to go to help arts organisations in urgent need to ensure survival, culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced.

The fund is reopening for applications from arts, heritage, cultural and creative organisations for the third and final round of grants, he said.

The CRF has so far given £1.2bn to more than 5,000 organisations through the UK, with the first round estimated to have supported 75,000 jobs and the second 52,000 full-time jobs and almost 100,000 freelancers. But there has been criticism that many more self-employed working in the arts have so far failed to qualify for any grant.

Almost £220 million will be available for both new organisations at imminent risk of closure and existing recipients of CRF grants to safeguard as many creative jobs as possible. “This round of funding will provide a further boost to help organisations build back better and ensure we can support more of those in need - safeguarding our precious culture and heritage, and the jobs this supports” Dowden said.

Already benefitting from the third round are the Heritage Stimulus Fund, which has protected sites including The Tower of London as part of a £3 million grant to Historic Royal Palaces and Furness Abbey in Cumbria as part of a £2.9 million capital grant to English Heritage. It will be boosted by £35 million, bringing the total fund to over £80 million, to enable repair and maintenance works at more than 800 of the country’s heritage assets and has protected the jobs of craftspeople.

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