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St Paul's awarded funding from the Culture Recovery Fund

St Paul’s is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £2.125m from the Culture Recovery Fund, administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The funding will go towards essential running costs, reaching new audiences in the UK, adopting new digital approaches and supporting our work on mental health.

St Paul’s was forced to close its doors for sightseeing and services from March to June due to COVID-19, and is currently closed again for sightseeing and services from 5 November to 1 December. While we are closed, we have almost no income. St Paul’s is now welcoming only around 5% of the paying visitors that we did in 2019 due to closures and international travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Reverend Dr David Ison said: “The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated international travel restrictions have had a catastrophic impact on the number of paying visitors to the Cathedral. The income from paying visitors has historically covered 90% of our annual operating costs.

We are so grateful to have received a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding, administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will help us to adapt to new ways of working and provide enhanced mental health support to the community that we serve. It will allow us to reach new audiences, essential to our future sustainability, as well as being able to keep the iconic building open into 2021.”