Dorchester Arts has today been awarded £52,710 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 a sustainable future.
Dorchester Arts 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.
Dorchester Arts have been at the heart of the community in Dorchester for over 30 years, enabling tens of thousands of people to enjoy a wide variety of arts events – from huge outdoor events to small-scale children’s theatre.
The grant will allow the organisation to build towards reopening in 2021 and further announcements will be made very soon about the restarting of performance events and community activities, along with updates about plans to improve arts facilities in the County Town.
They have been hugely encouraged by the number of donated tickets and spontaneous general donations through their website received over the past six months, and principal sponsor Battens Solicitors has also renewed its support for 2021.