More than £200,000 has been allocated to arts organisations in West Sussex to help them recover from the impact of Covid.

The Orion Cinema in Burgess Hill and The Dome Cinema in Worthing are to receive a share of £107 million in grants and loans from the Culture Recovery Fund.

They are just two of the 925 culture and creative organisations nationally that are set to benefit from the fund which was set up by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Argus: Daleks outside the The Dome cinema in Worthing in 2014Daleks outside the The Dome cinema in Worthing in 2014

West Sussex is to receive £255,974 from the fund, which was started to help arts companies after the coronavirus lockdowns.

The Orion Cinema is to get a boost of £112,149.00 from the fund, while The Dome Cinema will receive 143,825.00.

Hazel Edwards, south east area director at Arts Council England said: “Thanks to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we’re pleased to be supporting some of the organisations that help make up the South East’s vibrant cultural and creative scene.

The Argus: The Orion Cinema in Burgess HillThe Orion Cinema in Burgess Hill

“From Brighton to Slough, and from Crawley to Margate, we’ve already seen how funding has helped our local art centres, theatres and other cultural organisations survive through the pandemic.

"With these latest awards, organisations which are at the very heart of our communities can continue to adjust to this new landscape – so audiences from all backgrounds can get back to making the most of everything that they have to offer.”

Arts Council England has been working on two funding programmes for this third round of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support and Emergency Resource Support.

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