Great Dorset Steam Fair among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
This award to the Great Dorset Steam Fair will be used to help towards monthly operating costs over the coming months.

Great Dorset Steam Fair has received a grant of £136,000 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 Great Dorset Steam Fair in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

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 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.

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.”

Martin Oliver, Managing Director, Great Dorset Steam Fair said “Following our recent application, we are delighted to have been awarded support from Round 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Coronavirus Pandemic has been devasting to the event industry and this grant will help safeguard the sustainability of the event as we look ahead to planning the next show in 2022.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair (as The National Heritage Show) is unquestionably the keystone event which showcases Great Britain’s rich industrial, rural and leisure history. Being widely recognised as the World’s leading steam heritage and vintage vehicle event, its importance in the heritage events calendar is immeasurable. The event is, in effect, the largest working/living museum of its type in the world, inspiring and educating a whole new generation and attracting huge numbers of visitors each year into the local area.”

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 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.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England