Historic Chapels Trust is delighted to announce that it has received a grant of £105,600 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund which is delivered in a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England, British Film Institute, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the #HereForCulture campaign.
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on Historic Chapels Trust. The closure of our chapels in March, alongside the postponement and cancellation of events and venue hires has resulted in a significant loss of income at the worst possible time just as our funding from Historic England was being reduced prior to it ending in March 2022.
This funding will make an invaluable contribution to Historic Chapels Trust at a crucial time. As well as supporting some of the work required to manage the magnificent buildings in our collection it will help us to realise a digital project which will give people the opportunity to explore our chapels from the comfort of their homes, offering access to wider and more diverse audiences. This is going to be a particularly important strand of our work over the coming months.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said:
“Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone. The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that.
Now, in these challenging times, it’s our turn to show our support for culture. With an unprecedented investment through the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, the Government is #HereForCulture so it can weather the storm of Coronavirus and come back stronger.
And we are #HereForCulture too.
#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.
We want people to make sure that where they are able to visit local culture venues in their communities, they do so in a covid secure way. Plus, with more and more culture being curated online, there is no better time to support and enjoy all the new and exciting ways culture is available to us.
By being #HereForCulture, we aren’t just supporting the people in the industry, we’re also supporting communities across the country.”
Debbie Dance OBE, Chair of Historic Chapels Trust said
“This funding is a wonderful show of support and we could not be more grateful. As a result of it we will be able to stabilise our charity as well as developing an exciting new digital project. This is very important because at the moment the only thing we can do, all of us, is to see things from our armchairs. Going forward it will mean that we will be able to give access to these lovely buildings to everyone forever.”