Four organizations in Dorset have received government grants of up to £360,000

FOUR DORSET organisations, including the Regent Center in Christchurch, have received grants of up to £360,000 from the government as part of its Culture Recovery Fund.

Since August 2020, the Culture Recovery Fund has distributed £1.57billion to around 5,000 organizations and venues across the country, giving a lifeline to theatres, museums, independent cinemas and many other cherished organizations across the country during the pandemic.

Hundreds of cultural organizations have received a share of a latest £35million emergency aid package from the Culture Recovery Fund, to help overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest round of funding has supported organizations through the latest challenges, especially those impacted by the Omicron variant this winter. It has allowed organizations to remain operational so they can continue to support jobs and contribute to local economies.

The Regent Center in Christchurch received funding of £196,670 in the final round.

Gary Trinder, Chairman of the Regent Centre, Christchurch, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the recipient of yet another DCMS Culture Recovery Fund award from the British Film Institute of which we are a member.

“The award provides continued certainty to the running of the Regent which is a registered charity, meaning that after a long period of closure last year we have reopened once again as a vibrant and healthy organization. , which would not have been the case without the prize .”

Three other Dorset organizations have won grants in previous rounds.

Blandford Forum-based Stagecore Productions LTD, which provides audio production and consultancy to 17 stages in Glastonbury, has been awarded £25,000.

A Stagecore spokesperson said: “We are pleased to announce that we are the grateful recipients of the Culture Recovery Grant.

“This funding will allow us to continue to provide educational opportunities for Artori Academy students and to continue operating until we can get back on the road and in a field.”

IMAG, a Poole-based virtual production and LED screen hire company, received £369,000 and Mapperton Estate, a family home and estate near Beaminster in West Dorset, received £51,000.

The record fund has helped the country’s treasured arts, heritage and culture through the pandemic, supporting world-renowned names such as Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Glastonbury Festival and the National Theatre.

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