Bath Abbey receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

● Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Bath Abbey, have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

● Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger grants for capital projects awarded through the Heritage Stimulus Fund

● First major tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Bath Abbey has been awarded £91,600 as part of the Cultural Recovery Heritage Fund.

The Abbey 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.

This vital funding is 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.

433 organisations will receive a share of £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help with costs for operating, reopening and recovery. 445 organisations will share £103 million, including Bath Abbey to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.

Revd Stephen Girling, Abbey Missioner, said: “We are thrilled to have received this support from the Cultural Recovery Heritage Fund. Our thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and government. Over the last few months, our teams have been working hard to welcome visitors and worshippers back safely to the Abbey. This vital funding will help us invest to safeguard the historic fabric of this beautiful church but also ensure we continue to offer a warm welcome to visitors and worshippers for many more years to come, including those participating in Abbey services and events online”.