Lynher River Barge CIC is to receive £13,900 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

This award will support Lynher’s plans towards providing a safe pontoon platform and support towards starting again to deliver their educational activities on the waterways.

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Lynher River Barge CIC in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Lynher CIC was established in 2016 to save the historic 1896 Tamar sailing barge Lynher from destruction. The directors’ aim is to provide water based activities and maritime skills training to the Plymouth and South East Cornwall waterways communities. Following a successful restoration with the help of many volunteers, Lynher has sailed now for over three years, delivering education and training on the waterways to a growing number of people.

This award will support Lynher’s plans towards providing a safe pontoon platform alongside Lynher’s mooring which will support and expand the provision of educational activities and safe access to the water for the community of the Plymouth waterways whilst keeping Lynher and her heritage safe.

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 will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer 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 in the months ahead.

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Lynher River Barge (c) Lynher River Barge CIC