Huddersfield gem one of 26 organisations across West Yorkshire to benefit from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has today (19 November 2021) announced that 925 cultural and creative organisations nationally are to receive a share of £107 million in grants and loans as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund. 

This includes more than £100 million, which has been awarded in grants through Arts Council England, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.  

As part of this announcement, funding of £5,240,022 has been awarded through the Arts Council to support 26 organisations in West Yorkshire. This vital funding through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will support theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations and local venues to reopen and recover.

Arts Council England has been working on two funding programmes for this third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support and Emergency Resource Support. 

£4,390,022 in Continuity Support grants will be awarded to 25 previous Culture Recovery Fund recipients in West Yorkshire, helping organisations survive and allowing them to resume programmes and events. This funding will mean people can get back to enjoying everything these organisations have to offer.  

In addition to this, one organisation so far in West Yorkshire has been awarded a grant from the Emergency Resource Support strand of funding, with more applications undergoing assessment over the coming weeks. Looking to help those facing imminent risks, and open to those who haven’t received funding in previous rounds, grants from this rolling programme are protecting jobs by saving important arts and cultural organisations.  

Providing access to emergency funding throughout the winter period, the Emergency Resource Support programme will be reopened. This will give more applicants at imminent risk of financial failure an opportunity to bid for support, protecting even more organisations so that they can continue to create jobs and contribute to the economy. The application window will reopen next week.

Organisations receiving funding in West Yorkshire as part of today’s announcement include:

£122,000 for the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, which programmes events, workshops, masterclasses and talent development programmes for the people of Kirklees and the surrounding areas.

£27,000 for Ilkley Literature Festival, the longest-running literature festival in the north of England, it celebrates all things reading and writing.

£320,000 for Leeds 2023, a year of culture that will engage the people of Leeds through events, art commissions and partnership projects.  

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, said:  “Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from. Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Sarah Maxfield, Area Director, North, Arts Council England said: “The Culture Recovery Fund has been a lifeline to cultural organisations across the North of England. This unprecedented level of funding from the Government acknowledges the important role art and culture plays not only for the economic prosperity of the North but also for the quality of life of the people who live here. This investment will support many cultural organisations, including museums, art galleries, theatres, art centres and music venues, to continue to provide an essential creative service in person and online to communities throughout the North.” 

The Lawrence Batley’s achievements over the past 20 months have ensured that they’ve done more than survive the pandemic – they’ve absolutely thrived! From digital productions, collaborating with theatres across the country, to managing to organise, rehearse and produce a community production of A Christmas Carol with the cast barely setting a foot in the theatre, their creativity has known no bounds.

Henry Filloux-Bennett, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre said: “We are so grateful to receive this grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been totally committed to keeping going and continuing to create and share stories. We remained completely focused on that as we opened our doors again this Autumn – this grant will mean that we’re able to welcome audiences back to a Christmas that is bigger and better than ever.”

If you’d like to find out more about how the Lawrence Batley Theatre is bringing the community together, check this out!

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