Chichester Canal has received a grant of £18,200 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 in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced on Friday 2 April.
The Chichester Canal Trading Company, the trading arm of the Chichester Ship Canal Trust, the charity behind the canal, will use the funding to get their popular boat trips back up and running.
A boat trip offers a unique experience on a journey along the historic waterway from the City out into the countryside.
Trained and qualified volunteers ensure all the passengers are safe, and help visitors discover more about the unique heritage and
habitats at the canal.
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 Governments 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.
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.
Ian Jackson, Trading Director at Chichester Canal said, ‘We’re really pleased to have been awarded this grant. The boats and the volunteers have been unable to get out on the water since restrictions back in October."