DOZENS of North East cultural organisations have received a funding boost to help them overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organisations will receive a share of the final £35 million emergency support package from the Culture Recovery Fund, which has thrown a lifeline to theatres, museums, independent cinemas and other arts organisations.
More than £1.5 million has been awarded to organisations in the North East, building on almost £50 million already awarded from the Culture Recovery Fund to organisations in the region.
Since August 2020, the Culture Recovery Fund has distributed £1.57 billion to around 5,000 organisations and sites across the country.
A £26,322 grant has been awarded to The Auxiliary Project Space in Middlesbrough to help the artist-led organisation to fully open to the public and develop their digital resources.
Anna Byrne, executive director, said: “This funding comes at a pivotal time as we emerge from the effects of Covid -19. It allows us to make the full transition of opening up to the public, and supports our team and building with essential resources. We can now face 2022 with a renewed sense of confidence as we build towards the future.”
The Durham-based Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events, which organises events for world-famous pop stars and bands across the UK, secured £383,915 in the final round of funding.
Meanwhile, family theatre company Minor Entertainment, based in Stockton, received £318,968.
Rainton Arena, a 2,000-seater versatile events venue in Houghton-le-Spring, received a £180,804 boost after its finances took a hit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Previous recipients of the Cultural Recovery Fund include Darlington Hippodrome, which received £198,461 to offset losses from cancelled productions, retain jobs, secure the long-term future of the theatre and secure the purchase of new state-of-the-art cinema screening equipment.
The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle received £704,161 to go into the museum’s reserves. The rest was used in a number of areas, including undertaking major audience development analysis, which will allow the museum to reach potential new audiences, building a classroom and shelters in the grounds.
See the full list below:
The Net North Shields – £33,300, North Tyneside
Acumen Community Buildings Ltd – £16,700, Sunderland
The Creative Seed CIC – £38,000, South Tyneside
Little Buildings – £20,288, Newcastle
Family Tickets, £140,964 – Stockton-on-Tees
Loft Productions LLP – £22,500, Newcastle
International Guitar Foundation & Festivals – £28,140, Newcastle
The Auxiliary Project Space – £26,322, Middlesbrough
CIRCUS FANTASIA – £80,000, Gateshead
Tony Hopkins Entertainments Ltd – £39,468, Gateshead
STREET HASSLE LTD – £26,646, Sunderland
Minor Entertainment – £318,968, Stockton-on-Tees
Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events – £383,915, County Durham
NTC Touring Theatre Company Ltd – £51,106, Northumberland
NEMFCIC – £25,000, Gateshead
Rainton Arena ltd – £180,804, Sunderland
Workplace Foundation – £75,000, Newcastle
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