The RNAA receives boost from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) has received a grant of up to £475,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help us recover and reopen.

Norfolk Showground Ltd, which manages the Showground as an events venue, is to receive a grant of £100,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including the RNAA in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced on Friday 2 April 2021.

“We are delighted to have received this funding, which will safeguard the future delivery of our events programme, which is restarting later this year, and will culminate in the return of the Royal Norfolk Show in 2022.”

Said Mark Nicholas, Managing Director, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association,

“The last 18 months have been extremely challenging for organisations such as ourselves and this grant will enable the RNAA and Norfolk Showground Ltd to power forward in the months ahead as we welcome visitors to Norfolk Showground. This funding will help us invest in the Showground site, deliver the roll-out of summer and autumn cultural programme and enhance our systems and process to improve our resilience in dealing with changes as a consequence of the pandemic.”

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.

The second round of awards 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.

The funding awarded 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 Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute

Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone. The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that.

Now, in these challenging times, it’s our turn to show our support for culture. With an unprecedented investment through the Culture Recovery Fund, the government is #HereForCulture so it can weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger.

And we are #HereForCulture too.

#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

With more and more culture being curated online, there is no better time to support and enjoy all the new and exciting ways culture is available to us.

By being #HereForCulture, we aren’t just supporting the people in the industry, we’re also supporting communities across the country.