Faith in UK Arts boosted as Weston Culture Fund Grants announced

On February 1st The Garfield Weston Foundation announced that over £30 million has been awarded to Arts organisations across the UK via the Weston Culture Fund.

Specifically created by the Weston family in response to the devastating impact of Covid-19, this new fund is supporting a diverse range of organisations from museums to regional theatres and national touring ballet companies.  Grants range from £100,000 up to £1.5 million, related to the size of the organisation.

The Foundation’s Trustees decided to increase the fund by more than 20% to over £30 million after seeing the level of creativity and determination from Arts organisations which have been hit by the pandemic and are fighting hard to ‘keep the lights on’.

There are many beneficiaries, with the largest being the National Theatre which receives the maximum figure of £1.5 million, and other organisations such as the brilliant Little Angel Theatre (Just over £250,000), The Young Vic (£200,000) and the Sage Gateshead (£875,000).

The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, said:

“Our cultural sector is at the heart of our local communities providing not only entertainment but education and inspiration for many. Our Trustees were impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit shown across the Arts in response to Covid-19 and it was a privilege to hear what organisations had been doing to not only survive but also to reinvent the way they reach audiences. What really stood out was the level of collaboration and support they had for each other and the determination to keep going, despite the increasingly difficult situation.

We all want and need our cultural sector to thrive and, if anything, our time away from the Arts has shown just how important they are to us – bringing much needed pleasure and enrichment to our lives. Arts organisations are desperate to re-open and get back to what they do best and we hope that this new funding will help many of them do exactly that.”

Click here for a full list of Weston Culture Fund grants.

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