More than £18 million has been awarded to cultural and heritage organisations in the latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund, it has been announced.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, who published the figures, said the cash will be used to kickstart recovery and cover the costs of Covid-19 disruption.

Launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the scheme aims to help both for-profit and charitable cultural organisations transition “back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021”.

According to the report, the latest round of funding saw 22 heritage organisations and 33 independent cinemas awarded over £18 million to “restart regeneration and maintenance projects that were planned before the pandemic and now face delays or increased costs”.

This includes the oldest surviving synagogue in the UK, Bevis Marks Synagogue, which was awarded £497,000 to protect its collection of significant objects and history, and London’s Archlight Cinema, which was awarded £152,362.

Commenting on the scheme, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “From restoring Georgian lidos and Roman baths to saving local screens and synagogues, our Culture Recovery Fund is helping to save the places people can’t wait to get back to, when it is safe to do so.

“All over the country, this funding is protecting the venues that have shaped our history and make us proud of our communities, whilst safeguarding the livelihoods of the people that work in them.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of National Lottery Heritage Fund, which administers the scheme, added: “These are all ongoing major refurbishment and restoration projects, funded by us, which have been threatened by the pandemic. We are delighted this extra funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will ensure that these exciting projects will go ahead.”

Cultural and heritage organisations can also find financial support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), Bounce Back Loans (BBL), the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), and up to £25,000 in grant funding through the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

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