- Projects to revive cultural and heritage sites boosted with £13.5 million in kickstart grants including Uttoxeter CineBowl
- Awards made as applications being processed for a further £400 million in lifeline grants and loans to support cultural venues into the summer
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the final awards to be allocated from the first round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
The latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, build on over £1 billion awarded to a huge range of cultural and heritage organisations last year. 33 cinemas across England will benefit from £5 million awarded by the BFI as the final applications for independent cinemas are processed ahead of the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Local MP, Kate Griffiths, has welcomed the news that Uttoxeter’s own CineBowl is among those successful in its application for the Culture Recovery Fund. The local entertainment venue will receive £165,448 to help them through the current difficult period with the coronavirus pandemic.
Local MP, Kate Griffiths MP said:
“I know many of us are missing the big screen and being able to see the latest blockbuster. Uttoxeter’s CineBowl is a great example of an independent cinema which gives residents multiple entertainment offerings including bowling and skating.”
“I am really pleased that CineBowl will receive financial support from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund which will help see this local entertainment venue through the difficult period and able to reopen once again after the pandemic is over.”
Matt Lloyd, Director of Uttoxeter CineBowl added:
“The Culture Recovery Fund grant will be crucial in enabling our community to return to a sense of normality and to enjoy being entertained though the art of cinema in its natural environment."