Brendan Clarke-Smith MP welcomes £50,586 for Inspire Libraries in Bassetlaw from Conservative Government to level up local cultural organisations
- Brendan Clarke-Smith MP has welcomed the Conservative Government’s investment of £50,586 in Inspire Libraries in Bassetlaw as part of the Cultural Investment Fund.
- Beneficiaries of the fund include more than 70 museums, cultural venues and public libraries across England, safeguarding vital local collections for local communities and levelling up these important venues.
- The Conservative Government is helping to boost local economic growth as well as ensuring local people have access to these vital institutions no matter where they live.
Brendan Clarke-Smith MP has welcomed the news from the Conservative Government that Inspire Libraries in Bassetlaw has been awarded funding as part of the Cultural Investment Fund.
Inspire Libraries will benefit from £50,586 awarded through the Libraries Improvement Fund as part of the Cultural Investment Fund.
The fund, which totals more than £200 million and was launched in 2019, is made up of three separate streams: the Cultural Development Fund, the Libraries Improvement Fund, and the Museum Estate and Development Fund. It is designed to protect and improve people’s access to culture, level up local cultural venues, and use investment to promote economic growth.
The £20.5 million Libraries Improvement Fund will transform library services in England to upgrade their builds and improve digital infrastructure. This is the second round of the fund with 25 projects already benefiting from £5 million of funding in the first round.
This announcement follows a big boost for the cultural sector from the Conservative Government in the Spring Budget with an extension of tax reliefs for theatres, orchestras, and museum and gallery exhibitions for a further two years. These tax reliefs have already supported thousands of theatre and orchestral productions, galleries and museums across the country, and the extension is set to help the cultural sector continue to attract new talent and investment from home and abroad.
Commenting, Brendan Clarke-Smith MP said:
“I welcome the announcement that Inspire Libraries will receive £50,586 from the Conservative Government. I know people across Bassetlaw will enjoy the new and improved facilities developed as a result of this funding.
“I am thrilled that the importance of Inspire Libraries is being recognised and I look forward to visiting soon to see the difference this investment has made.”
Commenting, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said:
“This investment will help to level up access to arts and culture for everyone, no matter where they live.
“Culture helps us create lifelong memories with our families and friends, provides entertainment and joy, and allows us to explore the world around us in new and exciting ways. It can also boost tourism, support local business and drive local economic growth.
“This funding will support brilliant arts organisations to upgrade their venues and create new projects that will be at the heart of their communities.”