Rotherham Minster has received a grant of up to £25,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.
Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Rotherham Minster in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
Rotherham Minster is an icon of the Rotherham skyline and an integral part of its heritage. COVID has had a significant impact on the town, and the Minster and this award from the Culture Recovery Fund will enable the church to begin the process of re-establishing regular opening (in addition to the private prayer hours it has maintained throughout lockdown), look to being back events and activities to celebrate the Minster’s heritage and continue to support the town and its people.
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 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.
Rev Phil Batchford, Vicar of Rotherham Minster, said: We are absolutely delighted to have received this grant. The last year has been exceptionally challenging financially and this support will prove to be invaluable.
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.”
More commonly known as Rotherham Minster, the Minster Parish Church has stood at the heart of Rotherham town centre for over a thousand years.
Today it is a place of regular Christian worship, quiet contemplation, musical excellence, and a hub of community activity.
It has recently been tasked with the role of becoming a “resourcing church”; one that “intentionally resources mission across an area by planting and revitalising other churches, developing leaders and providing other resources for mission”.
Images: Rotherham Minster