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Rural Arts receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

 Release date: 21st October 2020 


Rural Arts receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn  

Culture Recovery Fund  

A post COVID-19 Heart and Craft session for Over 50s, with participants making ceramic animals.


Rural Arts has been awarded £115,000 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 announced last week.  


Rural Arts is one of just under 2,000 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. A total of £333 million of investment has now been announced as part of the first rounds of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.   


The funding will ensure Rural Arts can continue to deliver safe, in-person creative activities across 3,500 square miles of rural North Yorkshire until at least March 2021.  


CEO and Director, Rural Arts, Max May, said: 


“The support is a vital lifeline. It secures Rural Arts mid-term future after an incredibly difficult seven months, and ensures we can continue to reach as many people as possible through inspiring and inclusive creative opportunities. We’re very grateful to all the people and layers of Government that have made this grant possible.” 


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.”