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£5.3 million boost for cultural and creative organisations in Oxfordshire 

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The government is supporting 31 organisations across Oxfordshire in its second round of the Recovery Fund.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has today announced that more than 2,700 cultural and creative organisations in England are to receive a funding boost in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

They will share more than £400 million in grants and loans as part of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Oxfordshire is getting over £5 million through Arts Council England, which will support theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring they have a sustainable future.

Organisations receiving funding locally include:

  •  £20,686 for Pegasus Theatre Trust, which runs a participation programme for young people with workshops in performance, drama, dance and comedy. The grant will help fund the delivery of a blended participation and inclusion programme, teaching for the Acting Diploma, new show 'Under My Skin' focused on self-harm to tour digitally to schools and new digital equipment.
  • £85,000 for The Story Museum which will support the museum to create and share free online content - including its weekly oral stories, develop a new temporary exhibition and deliver remote learning to schools.
  • £165,955 for The Jam Factory which will use the money to help it restart cultural activities such as life drawing, expand existing retail offering and extend the gallery space to incorporate the outdoor public square. 
  • £152,071 for River and Rowing Museum in Henley which will enable the museum to cover Covid safety costs, training, marketing and piloting an online blended learning programming for schools to access remotely. 

Four Oxfordshire University museums - Ashmolean Museum, History of Science Museum, Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum - are to receive£640k from the Fund.

PIC by: Oxford University

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: "Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

"Now we're staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

Hazel Edwards, South East Area Director at Arts Council England said: "Thanks to the Government's Culture Recovery Fund, we can offer extra support to the arts and cultural sector in the South East.

"From youth ballet to opera, theatre to grassroots music, the South East is brimming with cultural organisations that enrich the lives of local communities. This funding will make a real difference to these organisations as they get ready to welcome audiences and visitors again."

Caroline Jones, Director & CEO, The Story Museum, said: "All of us at the Story Museum are under no doubt that the organisation could not have survived the Covid-19 storm without the support of the Culture Recovery Fund.

"If the Round 1 grant was a lifebuoy, then the Round 2 grant is a pair of hands pulling us out of the water. We're looking forward to being full steam ahead just as soon as Museums are permitted to open in May."

Today's announcement brings the Government's total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural organisations and sites.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations across the country as they welcome back visitors and return to normal operating models in the months ahead. 

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