Arts Council England announces 1,300 Arts and Cultural organisations to share £257 million

Organisations in England that applied for grants of under £1 million in Round 1 of the Arts Culture Recovery Fund were informed this morning of their awards by Arts Council England, which is distributing funding on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The allocation is the biggest tranche of funding distributed to date from the Arts Culture Recovery Fund, bringing the total amount of grant funding awarded so far to more than £360 million. Further funding for organisations is due to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

The funding will help 1,385 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues survive the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

It will boost iconic organisations and venues known around the world, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Liverpool’s Cavern Club. It will also protect hundreds of local organisations that have launched many stars of the British cultural scene and sit at the heart of their communities. This includes the Finborough Theatre in Earl’s Court, London, Beamish Living Museum in County Durham, the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, and The Young Vic in London.

This funding will help allow performances to restart, venues to plan for reopening and help protect jobs and create opportunities for freelancer.

The full item on the Culture Recovery Fund awards for arts and cultural organisations can be found on the GOV.UK website, while a full list of successful recipients can be downloaded from the Arts Council England website (click on ‘Download Publication’ and then the second tab of the Excel spreadsheet).

Image: Coldharbour Mill, in Uffculme, Devon, one of the oldest woollen
textile mills in the world, having been in continuous production since 1797,
has been awarded a grant of £230,169 from the Culture Recovery Fund.