14 venues in Milton Keynes have received grants totalling around £2million in support from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

This will see venues like Bletchley Park, Craufurd arms and the MK Museum receive a financial boost from the Government to help them survive the coronavirus crisis. Many arts venues have had either limited or no operations since the start of the pandemic.

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced details of over 2,700 organisations across England being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sector reopen.

This 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 and heritage organisations and sites.

Venues to receive cash are:

  • The Craufurd Arms – £50,548
  • Milton Keynes Museum Trust Ltd – £50,000
  • Milton Keynes Arts Centre LTD – £25,000
  • MÓTUS – £25,300
  • SNP Productions Ltd – £61,305
  • MK Gallery – £125,000
  • RGS Music LTD – £40,000
  • Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd – £256,241
  • Pagrav Dance Company – £24,802
  • The National Museum of Computing – £30,442
  • Milton Keynes Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture Organisation – £89,823
  • Bletchley Park Trust – £1,282,431
  • World Media Initiatives CIC – £16,900
  • Westbury Arts Centre – £19,000

Some of the venues to receive funding have taken to social media to voice their gratitude.

Bletchley Park said, “We are thrilled that Bletchley Park will benefit from the latest round of the #CultureRecoveryFund. This will help to mitigate the economic impact of continued lockdown and delayed reopening. We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!”

MK Gallery said, “MK Gallery will re-open on 18 May, and we are delighted to have received funding from the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund. #HereForCulture. Thanks to @DCMS @ace_national and ace_southeast for their support.”

Wolverton’s Craufurd Arms venue said, “The Craufurd Arms is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

“The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery.

“After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

“Thank you for everyone’s continued patience and support throughout this, we look forward to welcoming you in the not to distant future”

The Milton Keynes Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture Organisation said, “Delighted to announce that MKIAC have received critical funding from the #Culturalrecoveryfund enabling us to look ahead with hope. We can’t wait to see Arts & Culture flourish again. #HereForCulture Huge thanks to @DCMS @ace_national @ACESoutheast”