It announced today that the Cathedral is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a welcome boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Grants totalling over £10.7m have gone to 16 cathedrals – of which Salisbury is one - and 50 parish churches across the country.
The £245,000 grant - which has to be spent by the end of March 2021 - will help it to adapt to the ‘new normal’. It will help cover some of the costs involved in the rapid changes and adaptations necessary to be open safely, and will support work on ways the Cathedral can remain financially sustainable in the future, helping it to recover from the impact of the pandemic. This new funding represents a lifeline for places like the Cathedral that, as well as regular daily worship, also provide people with opportunities to engage with heritage and the arts which inspire, comfort and uplift people during these difficult times.
Today’s award comes on top of a Heritage Lottery Emergency Fund Award of £233,600, which helped to stem losses made during lockdown and supporting increased staffing demands as a result of Covid 19. The Cathedral itself has also raised around 250,000 through its Recovery fund, launched in July, to which our supporters, Friends and community have generously contributed.
Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury said:
“The financial crisis that this pandemic has caused is biting harder than ever across the country and I am aware that many are suffering. I am, therefore, very grateful to all our supporters, DCMS, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, our community and Cathedral Friends - to each and every donor - for the help they have given and are giving us".
“As in 2018, during the Novichok crisis, the Cathedral is proving remarkably resilient. We are not out of the woods yet, and are mindful that 2021 is unlikely to see a rapid return to ‘normal’, and we may be working with considerable constraints for some time to come. However, thanks to the support we have been given, we are making inroads into our projected £2m shortfall this year. We can’t thank those who have helped us get to this point enough and for our part, we will do our best to raise funds and ensure that we remain relevant and vibrant, particularly as we approach Christmas and the New Year.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post Covid.”
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