Supporting the Arts

Today the Culture Secretary announced that more than £1 billion of taxpayers' money has now been made available to support arts and cultural institutions across the country, supporting more than 75,000 jobs and ensuring our world-class cultural organisations are ready to bounce back after the pandemic.

  • As Britain's world-class cultural, arts and heritage organisations continue to face significant challenges as a result of the pandemic, the government has made a  promise to stand by them. 
  • Today the government is providing £165 million to support major arts and heritage institutions, such as the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company from our record £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, and are also introducing £58 million in capital grants for smaller venues across the country. 
  • In total, £1 billion has now been distributed, with 70 per cent of grants awarded in England through this fund so far being outside of London, showing commitment to levelling up the whole country and not just the capital. £400 million of further support has been announced to help organisations prepare for full reopening next summer.
  • This Conservative Government will continue to stand squarely behind Britain's world-class cultural organisations, protecting tens of thousands of jobs and ensuring they are there for us to enjoy after the pandemic.


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