Theatre, art and cultural groups in Wakefield to benefit from half a million pounds in grants as part of coronavirus Cultural Recovery Fund

Cultural groups in Wakefield and the Five Towns are set to benefit from more than £500,000 in government grants to help them recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 12:30 pm
Theatre Royal Wakefield has been granted £109,500 in the second round of grants given under the Cultural Recovery Fund.

Theatre Royal Wakefield, Long Division CIC and the Hepworth Wakefield Trust are among those to have benefitted from the second round of grants awarded as part of the Culture Recovery Fund.

A total of seven organisations in the Wakefield district will share £549,722 in grant funding.

The fund, awarded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, is designed to support cultural groups and organisations who have been left without regular income during the pandemic.

Katie Town is Executive Director at Theatre Royal Wakefield, which has been granted £109,500 in the second round of funding.

She said: "We are thankful to be able to announce that we have been awarded funding from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

"This funding will ensure that training young people and participation projects with our local community continue, as they have since we have been closed for live performances.

"It will also enable us to continue the fantastic work that we have been doing behind the scenes and crucially it will allow us to plan for an effective and safe re-opening.

"We are hugely grateful to Arts Council England for this decision which demonstrates their faith in us as an organisation as well as the work that we do for everyone in the District."

A first round of funding, awarded in November, saw more than £998,000 awarded to theatres, dance schools and more across Wakefield and the Five Towns.

The full list of second round funding in Wakefield is as follows:

Edgeland Arts, £25,000

Firefly Audio Visual Solutions Ltd, £179,395

Greene Events Ltd, £65,012

Isophase Audio Ltd, £60,383

Long Division CIC, £37,432

The Hepworth Wakefield Trust, £73,000

Theatre Royal Wakefield, £109,500