£300,000 Government funding package boost for Wicksteed Park

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Wicksteed Park in Kettering has been handed a £302,700 funding boost.

It is one of 22 heritage organisations and 33 independent cinemas to be included in the the latest to receive support from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the final awards to be allocated from the first round of the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

The latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, build on over £1bn awarded to a huge range of cultural and heritage organisations last year.

Ambitious projects at 22 heritage organisations will benefit from £13.5m in targeted grants allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restart regeneration and maintenance projects which were planned before the pandemic and now face delays or increased costs.

And 33 cinemas across England will benefit from £5m awarded by the BFI as the final applications for independent cinemas are processed ahead of the second round of funds.

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.”