Culture Recovery Fund
02 April 2021
St Paul’s is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £875,000 from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Culture Recovery Fund,
administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The funding will go secure jobs across the organisation, help to deliver our vital Learning and Mental Health work and other essential running costs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on St Paul’s. The Cathedral had to close its doors for sightseeing and services for much of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Following the declaration of a Major Incident in London, the Cathedral closed its doors from January to March, and we hope to reopen for sightseeing in May 2021 when we are able. While we are closed, we have almost no income. In 2020, St Paul’s saw a 95% drop in visitor numbers compared to the year before, due to closures and travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Reverend Dr David Ison said: “We are enormously grateful to receive £875,000 from DCMS’s Culture Recovery Fund, administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the number of paying visitors we can welcome to the Cathedral. This funding will help to secure jobs across the organisation and deliver support for learning and mental health, and cover other essential running costs. A lifeline in this challenging period, the grant will enable us to keep our doors open to deliver spiritual, economic and cultural benefits for London and the nation.”