IFT Receives Support Through the Culture Recovery Fund This Christmas
21 December 2020
Ipswich Film Theatre is one of more than 200 independent cinemas across England that are being supported this Christmas with £16 million in grants from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
202 cinemas have received funding so far from a £30 million pot allocated by the British Film Institute (BFI), on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as part of the biggest ever single investment in this country’s cultural sectors. More grant applications from independent cinemas are also currently being assessed. Cinemas will be able to apply for another £14 million in grants in the new year as part of the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. The new round of funding is in addition to the £30 million already being allocated by the BFI.
The BFI has been accepting applications and awarding grants to independent cinemas throughout the autumn. Eligible cinemas were able to apply for Safety Grants, to help venues meet the immediate costs of implementing Covid-secure measures to protect staff and audiences, and larger Business Sustainability grants to help stabilise sites financially.
Ipswich Film Theatre is the grateful recipient of £31,544 which will ensure the organisation's survival into 2021.
Daniel Champion, one of the IFT's directors, said "We are extremely grateful to the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund for the generous award afforded to us. This will ensure we are able to continue to invest in our employees, provide a creative environment for our community volunteers and continue to build on the reputation of this 45-year-old art house cinema as a regional hub for independent, foreign language and documentary features."
Recipients also include Suffolk’s oldest cinema, the Film Theatre in Leiston, which has been trading for over a century and a grant of £57,509 will ensure it can continue to do so over the Christmas period this year and into 2021.
£14 million in further support will be made available to cinemas through a second round of funding allocated by the BFI early next year from the remainder of the Culture Recovery Fund. Funding was held back to allow the Government to respond to the changing public health picture and will support cinemas at imminent risk of collapse before the end of this financial year. Cinemas which have not yet applied as well as those that have already received support will be able to apply for additional funding to help cover reopening costs from April to June next year. Guidance for applicants and eligibility criteria will be published by the BFI; Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund have also published guidance for applications to the next round of grants. Cinemas are also able to apply to the repayable finance scheme for arts and cultural organisations.