It has not been easy for culture venues over this year, with so many being closed from March of this year, not only has the future for these well loved sites been uncertain but the staff working in and associated with have also faced fears. Audiences all over Staffordshire have also missed the joy, entertainment and social experiences they provide.
Earlier this year the Government launched the Culture Recovery Fund together with Arts Council England to help venues in need. Today the first batch of winners of the £1.57bn funding pot were revealed and it was great to see some local venues on the list.
The Lichfield Garrick was awarded £279,446 from the fund, no doubt a big help for the venue which has not been able to run live shows as usual since March of this year. The Guild of St Mary's Hub in Lichfield which helps bring arts and events to the local community also won £64,126.
The first round saw 1385 theatres, galleries, museums, art and entertainment groups and local venues receive funding to help with the challenges faced because of the pandemic.
The second round of funding will be published soon with hopefully even more cash being rolled out to venues across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
This funding is in addition to the Job Retention Scheme, Bounce Back Loans, the £104million emergency funding and the £96 million available to support the arts and freelancers.
We look forward to returning to venues as soon as it is safe but keep an eye out for new projects coming from these local sites in the meantime.
While applications for this particular fund have now closed, if you are running a venue or group and wish to apply for funding through other funds available you can do so online at