Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced details of over 2,700 organisations being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover.
In Finchley and Golders Green, nearly £799,717 has been awarded to seven local organisations, including £138,333 for East Finchley’s Phoenix Cinema, Britain’s oldest cinema in continuous use where Dame Judi Dench is a patron. For some of these organisations this is an additional award, while for others this is their first award from the Culture Recovery Fund.
This brings the 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.
The funding was reserved in the first round of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to allow the Government to respond to the changing public health picture.
This is part of a wider support package provided by the Government throughout the pandemic to a wide arrange of sectors, including support for sports, culture and arts, as well as schemes to help businesses and individuals who have been affected by the pandemic.
Finchley and Golders Green MP, Mike Freer, said:
“These awards to excellent local organisations such as East Finchley’s Phoenix Cinema are vital to keeping our culture and arts sectors alive in the face of the pandemic, while helping them to welcome local residents back as the economy opens up in the weeks and months ahead.”