Julia Lopez welcomes funding boost to culture and heritage.

Hornchurch and Upminster’s MP, Julia Lopez, has welcomed the announcement that Hornchurch and Upminster will receive £148,000 to support iconic cultural and heritage organisations and independent cinemas as they reopen and recover from coronavirus.

This is part of the £400 million in grants and loans being delivered to over 2,700 organisations across England, to help cultural and heritage organisations reopen and thrive in the better times ahead.

This brings the Conservative Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

Nearly all of the original £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund has now been allocated, and the Chancellor announced a further £300 million boost for the Fund at last month’s Budget, taking direct government investment in the sector since the start of the pandemic to almost £2 billion.

The Conservative Government is protecting our most treasured arts and culture institutions – organisations that are irreplaceable parts of our heritage – ensuring they can survive in the short-term and thrive in the future.

Welcoming the announcement, Julia Lopez MP, said ‘I am absolutely thrilled that the government has provided this funding, given the devastating impact the past year has had on cultural and heritage organisations. I am very hopeful that as we set out on the cautious roadmap to reopening our economy, we will soon be able to enjoy these extraordinary institutions once again.’

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