Arts & Culture

Grants awarded to theatres at risk to build resilience

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Theatres Trust has granted almost £60,000 (€70,000/$76,000) to seven cultural venues at risk in the UK. 

The £57,850 has been split between seven theatres requiring support through the organisation’s Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities programme.

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and Swire Charitable Trust, the grants aim to help progress restoration, the reopening or revitalising of theatres deemed at risk through expert support.

Work supported in this round includes fundraising and business planning strategies, community engagement and outreach, conditions surveys and an oral history project.

The seven theatres receiving a share of the grant include Shepton Mallet’s Amulet Theatre, Portsmouth’s The Groundlings Theatre Trust, Manchester’s Hulme Hippodrome, Leith Theatre, Netherton Arts Centre in Dudley, Ramsbottom Co-op Hall and Spilsbury Sessions House.

Jon Morgan, director at Theatres Trust, said: “Theatres Trust believes that every theatre on our Theatres at Risk Register has the potential to be brought back into use for its community with the right support. We are delighted to be able to award these grants, which will enable meaningful progress on the journey to resilience.”

Stuart McLeod, director, England, London and South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, added: “It’s fantastic that the second round of theatres that will benefit from this support has been announced. Our theatres are integral to our communities, but they’ve had to deal with unprecedented challenges in recent years.

“We want to support the UK’s heritage to adapt and thrive with these challenges and this programme offers theatres a chance to do just that. The legacy of this will be felt for many years to come.”