Culture Recovery Fund: Further investment of £75 million

26 Oct 2020 02:17 PM

A further £75 million of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund is being awarded across all corners of the country. The investment will go to 35 of the country’s leading cultural organisations and venues.

These grants, which are between £1 and £3 million, will protect some of the nation’s most beloved stages, from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe and the internationally renowned Sadler’s Wells, to major theatres like the Old Vic, Sheffield Crucible, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Theatre Royal Plymouth. These famous organisations have been essential stepping stones for some of the UK’s brightest stars including Adrian Lester, Abi Morgan, Mark Rylance and David Tennant.

So far, the Arts Council has awarded £409 million in grant funding through the Culture Recovery Fund. This has been invested in around 2,000 cultural organisations and venues of all sizes, such as galleries, theatres, museums, circuses, festivals and comedy clubs across the country, to help them plan for reopening and restarting performances and programmes. The certainty and security provided by these grants will also help to support organisations as they plan for the future and create opportunities for freelancers. 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden recently said:

“As part of our unprecedented £1.57 billion rescue fund, today we're saving British cultural icons with large grants of up to £3 million - from Shakespeare's Globe to the Sheffield Crucible. These places and organisations are irreplaceable parts of our heritage and what make us the cultural superpower we are. This vital funding will secure their future and protect jobs right away."

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, recently said:

“The Culture Recovery Fund has already helped hundreds of organisations, of all types and sizes, in villages, towns and cities across the country. It has provided a lifeline that will allow these organisations to continue to play an integral role in their communities and produce new artistic work that will entertain and inspire us all. This latest funding, which are the largest grants to date, will support some of the country’s most loved and admired cultural spaces – from great regional theatres and museums to historic venues in the capital – which are critical to the development of a new generation of talent and in providing work for freelance creatives.”

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