Cultural Recovery Fund Success: Support for creativity, nature connection & wellbeing at Boundary Way

We are delighted to announce that the Boundary Way Project has been awarded funding from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

 

  • Boundary Way Project is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award will sustain continuing audience engagement and partnerships to help people to connect with nature and support wellbeing.

 

 

Boundary Way Project has been delivering a cultural programme exploring natural heritage, growing and allotments since 2015, bringing together specialists from a range of disciplines. During lockdown they have engaged with and developed their audience in innovative ways. Helping people to connect through online activities on topics ranging from martial arts to photography, plants, poetry, cookery, meditation and folklore.

This new funding will support important research and development, further virtual sessions, the launch of a new website and partnerships to preserve a significant green space in Wolverhampton. 

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

The second round of awards will help organisations, like Boundary Way Project, 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.

 

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.”

 

Boundary Way project lead, Moya Lloyd, said:

“During lockdown Boundary Way Project has reimagined its work, connecting with audiences locally, regionally and further afield and helping people to connect with nature and each other during challenging times. We have delivered wide ranging creative and educational sessions online, providing life enriching learning whilst normal social activities and groups have been absent.

This funding boost will help us to continue our programme and support individual and environmental wellbeing”

 

 

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:  

“Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor       attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.” 

 

 

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:  

“The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark days of the last year. Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen in the months ahead.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England

 

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