Elgiva awarded Culture Recovery Fund grant
The Elgiva has been awarded a grant as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF)
As part of the CRF, The Elgiva has been awarded a grant to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, announced the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden MP, on Saturday 17th October.
“Everyone knows how hard the Arts have been hit by COVID-19, so we are incredibly grateful for the grant,” commented David Cooper, theatre manager at The Elgiva. “With this money, we can develop new activities and expand our community programme. We are keen to establish greater links with local businesses and organisations, so we can cement our role as the creative hub of the community. We have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure eligibility for the grant, but we believe we now have a bright future, one which will genuinely benefit our local area.”
Community has always been central to the theatre’s ethos; The Elgiva is committed to continuing work experience for local schools and colleges, hosting career events, dance, music school and youth theatre groups.
“Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries,” said Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England. “This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis.”
The Elgiva is one of the few theatres currently open in the local area and is delighted to confirm that Panto will be going ahead this year. As well as the traditional staples upon which theatres rely, The Elgiva has committed to diversifying its already eclectic programme to ensure its viability. Its wide-ranging programme of live theatre, film, satellite screenings and exhibitions, has been bolstered by local arts and fitness groups using the space during the pandemic. It is also offering its auditorium for conferences, exhibitions and weddings.
The theatre has just launched its membership programme ‘Love Elgiva’, a donation scheme and a corporate partnership scheme will follow in the new year; these are all initiatives that aim to reward loyal theatre supporters, but also increase revenue for the theatre at this challenging time.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. They have set out their strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 they 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. They invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk
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. They 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. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.