Ropetackle receives lifeline grant from Culture Recovery Fund
Ropetackle Arts Centre has been awarded £56,000 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced.
Ropetackle is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. Some £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
Ropetackle chairman, Martin Allen, said: “We are delighted to receive this support and recognition, particularly, of our value to the local community as well as our standing in the regional cultural map. This grant will help us navigate this difficult period and to ensure that we are well placed to return to a full programme when circumstances allow.”
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.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”
Ropetackle is currently running an interim programme, including films, children’s events, comedy and music, in line with the latest government guidelines, and is once again partnering Shoreham’s acclaimed Wordfest literary festival which runs for 6 weeks starting 23rd October. Find out What’s On when by clicking here:
About Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences.
We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk
Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19