Truro Cathedral receives £232,300 from Culture Recovery Fund

Truro Cathedral has received a grant of £232,300 from the Government’s latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund, to help the organisation recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic. This award will help sustain the cathedral as it faces stiff financial challenges from the Covid pandemic. This award will contribute to the £1.07m costs of keeping the cathedral open this year (excluding capital spending on major repairs). It will also safeguard roles at the cathedral, ensure that the care and upkeep of this iconic building are maintained, and enable the cathedral team to develop and deliver a new and diverse programme of events, activities and shows through 2022 aimed at family audiences. These will take place during half-terms and school holidays and feature everything from pop-up theatre to educational shows about dinosaurs!

And all this while ensuring the best possible experience and safety for the cathedral’s visitors, volunteers, and staff.

Chief Operating Officer, Sean O’Neill, said: “The news of receiving an award quite literally made us jump for joy when we saw it! It gives us an opportunity to draw breath after months of seeking support wherever it could be found and to start proactively getting back on track again. This support makes the world of difference and couldn’t have come at a better time”

This is the third round of the Cultural Recovery Fund. Investment from previous rounds allowed us to develop a five-year business plan for achieving financial sustainability through high-quality heritage tourism and events. In addition the support has helped us with core operational costs including some salary costs. Where we can we have worked with local firms to help ensure that this vital funding stays local and we are grateful that the funding has allowed us to improve the experience of all who visit the cathedral.