HOLY Trinity Church in Coventry city centre has received a £37,200 grant to help it recover from the pandemic and reopen its doors.
It was one of 2,700 organisations to benefit in the latest round of awards from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
The cash will help support the costs of running the church at a time when income has been reduced due to lockdown.
Although the church building has been closed, costs for insurance, security systems, skeleton staff and heating to protect the venue’s Doom painting have all needed to be met.
The Culture Recovery Fund is awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England
Chris Howard, churchwarden at Holy Trinity Coventry, said: “Holy Trinity Church, at the heart of Coventry city centre, is delighted to have been awarded this substantial boost to our finances when our usual sources of income have all but disappeared over the last year.
“We would normally welcome over 25,000 visitors each year, who contribute generously to our finances and, although the building has had to be closed, there are still considerable running costs to be met.”
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 (Department of Culture, Media and Sport) 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.”