Gloucestershire arts organisations receive £4 million in Culture Recovery Fund grants

Almost £4 million of funding has been awarded to 12 arts and culture organisations in Gloucestershire, in the first round of grants in the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester is one of the Gloucestershire arts organisations receiving Culture Recovery Fund grants.
The Barn Theatre in Cirencester is one of the Gloucestershire arts organisations receiving Culture Recovery Fund grants.

Regional theatres, live entertainment venues, festival organisers and circuses are amongst the 12 diverse Gloucestershire arts and culture organisations that will benefit from a share of the Culture Recovery Fund, it was announced today, Monday 12 October 2020.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England confirmed the 12 Gloucestershire organisations that will receive £3,964,040 in grants in the first tranche of funding.

Organisations that will receive funding in Gloucestershire include:

• The Cheltenham Trust £852,161
• Everyman Theatre £832,000
• Cheltenham Festivals £783,939
• The Barn Theatre Project £349,500
• Roses Theatre Trust £248,391
• Shires Entertainments Limited, which runs Giffords Circus £240,000
• The Three Choirs Festival Association £230,000
• Corinium Museum £121,021
• The Glass Foundry £100,000
• JDP Events Limited, which runs Witcombe Festival £100,000
• onsongmusic ltd £51,000
• Stroud Valleys Artspace £56,028

A total of 1,385 arts organisations across the UK are benefiting from a share of £257 million, as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: ‘This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

‘These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.’

All 12 Gloucestershire recipients are those that applied for grants of under £1 million in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund. It is the biggest tranche of funding distributed from the Culture Recovery Fund to date, and the first in a series of announcements on the funding programmes administered by Arts Council England.

Applicants for grants of over £1 million, as well as those who applied to round two of the fund and the repayable finance programme, will be announced in coming weeks.

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