We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Culture Recovery Fund. This will support us to present our growing programme of inspiring, uplifting, comforting and entertaining performances, talks and exhibitions, while sharing our grade 1 listed building with a wider audience in person and online.
The Culture Recovery Fund has pledged £1.57 billion through its #HereForCulture campaign to support culture right across the UK, to ensure that the country’s most loved heritage sites, music venues, museums and independent cinemas can weather the impact of coronavirus and come back even stronger. We are one of 433 organisations who will receive a share of £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help with costs for operating, reopening and recovery.
These funds will help keep Grand Junction open for the local and wider community. Plus they will give us the opportunity to launch an exciting winter season of events, performances and exhibitions, live streamed with a socially distanced audience where possible. It will also allow us to begin the process of restoring the priceless St Sepulchre Chapel and protecting the St Mary Magdalene landmark steeple.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund said:
“It is absolutely right that investing in heritage should be a priority during this crisis and this support by Government is crucial. Heritage creates jobs and economic prosperity, is a major driver for tourism and makes our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live. All of this is so important for our wellbeing and will be particularly vital when we start to emerge from this incredibly difficult time.
“Our heritage is still facing a perilous future – we are not out of the woods yet. But this hugely welcome funding from Government, and the money we continue to invest from the National Lottery, has undoubtedly stopped heritage and the organisations that care for it being permanently lost.”
Keep an eye on our website for further announcements and upcoming events!