A number of local arts, heritage and cultural organisations are getting a financial boost, with Gloucestershire benefiting from a £1.43 million share of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
In the third round of Culture Recovery Fund grants, announced on Friday 19 November 2021, the Arts Council awarded funding to 12 organisations across the county.
Recipients include well-loved attractions like the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, Cheltenham Festivals, which hosts the town’s world-famous Literature Festival, and the Three Choirs Festival, bringing classical music to the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester on rotation.
Local theatres, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury and The Barn Theatre in Cirencester, are also going to receive a share of the funding; as well as Stroud-based On:Song, which creates musical experiences for wellbeing.
Hundreds of arts, heritage and cultural organisations across England are set to benefit, too, with a total of 116 organisations across the south west receiving a share of £14.4 million.
The third round of Culture Recovery Fund grants brings the government’s total cash support package to almost £2 billion, providing a lifeline for arts, heritage and cultural organisations during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: ‘This continued investment from the government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health.
‘It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives.’