Thursday, August 13, 2020

Arts Council awards more than £1.5m to support 12 East Midlands organisations

The Arts Council has announced an investment of £1,595,951 to 12 of its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) in the East Midlands – from Nottingham Playhouse to EMCCAN and Aakash Odedra Company to Lincoln Drill Hall.

This short-term emergency fund was specifically designed to help those organisations that needed financial support to stay afloat until the end of September, because of the impact of COVID-19.

The awards offered to NPOs today are part of the Arts Council’s overall £160 million Emergency Response Package, through which £69 million has already been awarded to nearly 10,000 individuals and independent organisations across the country.

This Emergency Response Package, which was launched in March, was made available with thanks to National Lottery players and Government. To further support the independent sector, the Arts Council recently announced the reopening of National Lottery Project Grants this July, with a budget of £59.8 million.

Alongside this emergency fund, support for NPOs and Creative People and Places projects included enabling them to continue to receive funding with funding conditions relaxed and, where possible, providing advance grant payments to relieve financial pressure. The next National Portfolio investment process is also being postponed, which means the current National Portfolio will roll over for one year, to 31 March 2023.

The Arts Council will use the remaining budget from this emergency programme to complement the Government’s recently announced £1.57 billion rescue package and help ensure as much of the vital cultural sector survives as possible.

Peter Knott, Midlands Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Culture, creativity and the arts are a part of the fabric of our country’s identity – they bring joy, fulfilment and help boost people’s health and wellbeing – and our National Portfolio Organisations play a crucial role in making this possible for people across the East Midlands.

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our main priority has been to ensure that as much of our country’s cultural ecology as possible survives the summer – from individual artists and freelancers, to museums, libraries and arts organisations. This investment, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, provides critical relief to valued cultural organisations across the region.”

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