ERT receive lifeline grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

12th October 2020

East Riding Theatre has been awarded £72,522 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 has announced today. 

East Riding Theatre is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks. 

Since opening its doors in 2014, East Riding Theatre’s production of high-quality shows, commitment to employment of local industry practitioners, work with young people and  engagement of community volunteers has earned its reputation as a theatre that represents its community and supports the local economy. 

The funding received from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund will enable East Riding Theatre to develop its organisation and sustainability, continue to produce online content, prepare the building for safe reopening in 2021 and once again return with the life affirming productions that have become so familiar to local people.  

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.”

Theatre Manager, Sue Kirkman said: ‘We are over the moon with this announcement and can’t wait to get cracking. We can’t thank the government and Arts Council England enough for much needed support of our precious theatre’.

ACE Boilerplate for notes to editors: 

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at





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