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Share of £2.68m life support funding to be invested in Gloucestershire by Arts Council England

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 08 July 2020 7:53

Share of £2.68m life support funding to be invested in Gloucestershire by Arts Council England

Getting creative with its cash to help sustain organisations struggling to survive the pandemic, Arts Council England has announced funding for three Gloucestershire groups. 

Colouring in the final pieces of the picture showing where the last of its emergency money will go, the national body has revealed arts centres in Stroud, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean will benefit. 

Out ahead of the others with a whopping £204,000 is Cheltenham Festivals, then comes Cinderford Artspace with £19,322 and lastly Stroud’s Prema Arts Centre.

“We are not closed. We are soldiering on and still running as much as we can online,” said a spokesman for the Cinderford Artspace. 

“This money is very welcome. I don’t know what will happen in the longer term, but in the short term this will help keep us running.”

The Forest of Dean group is an arts and education-based charity which usually stages a busy programme of activities an workshops for all ages and abilities, but with the closure of its Woodside Street venue has lost a significant amount its income.

The funding comes just a month after more than 20 smaller organisations involved in arts and culture in Gloucestershire learned they were beneficiaries of arts council cash ranging from £10,000 to £35,000. 

In total 22 organisations across the South West will share the £2.68 million in funding for what the Arts Council England calls its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs). 

The aim is to support those organisations that needed financial support to stay afloat until the end of September, because of the impact of Covid-19 

In total the arts council has now delivered £160 million of what it calls its Emergency Response Package, 

The investment was made possible thanks to the National Lottery.