The Winter Gardens is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
445 organisations will share an initial £103 million, including Winter Gardens Blackpool to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.
Scott Benton said:
I am thrilled the Winter Gardens Blackpool has received funding thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. I supported the Winter Garden's application as a key part of Blackpool's heritage. I am delighted they have received their share of the £1.57 billion fund to support them through this difficult period and help protect vital local jobs.
As part of the £103 million funding package, the Winter Gardens Blackpool is set to receive £846k which will be used to protect and preserve the venue during these challenging times and to contribute towards the essential running costs whilst restrictions on mass gatherings remain in place.
This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund - funded by Government and administered at arm’s length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.
Michael Williams, Blackpool Entertainment Company Managing Director said:
The Winter Gardens has been pivotal to the development of Blackpool, providing a host of entertainment and cultural events that have come to define the town’s heritage offer. We are most grateful for the DCMS funding as it allows us to continue this tradition through these very challenging times.