Highlights Rural Touring to receive £28,733 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

We’re pleased to announce that Highlights has received a grant of £28,733 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. We’re among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Director, Kate Lynch, is delighted with the award:
“We may not have been able to tour artists to rural communities in the last 12 months, but we have continued to financially support them through this challenging time. We have also found new and exciting ways of engaging with our rural communities.

“This CRF grant will enable us to support live events once again from this Summer onwards; to work with our volunteer promoters and play our part in reviving culture in Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland.”

Our season starts on 22 May at Mickleton Village Hall, County Durham and runs to Sunday 18 July, and details of all events can be found here on our website

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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