Over £30 million awarded to Arts organisations across the UK from the Garfield Weston Foundation
The Weston Culture Fund increased to over £30 million due to level of need because of COVID19
Over a hundred cultural organisations across the UK are being awarded over £30m
from a new one-off fund to support the cultural sector set-up by the Weston family in
response to the devastating impact of Covid-19. The Weston Culture Fund is
supporting a diverse range of organisations from museums to regional theatres to
national touring ballet companies.
Some of those receiving funding from the Foundation include Ballet Black, the
National Theatre, Paraorchestra, Lakeland Arts, Northern Ballet and the NoFit State
Circus. Grants range from £100,000 up to £1.5m based on the size of the
The Foundation’s Trustees decided to increase the fund to over £30m after seeing the
level of creativity and determination from arts organisations who have been hit by the
pandemic and are fighting hard to ‘keep the lights on’.
The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, says:
“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
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