Liverpool City Region will benefit from £2.5m culture funding boost

A GRASSROOTS music venue that offers a range of versatile warehouse and studio spaces for events and festivals is among the list of 22 organisations in the Liverpool City Region to benefit from the latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

The grant is an essential lifeline to ensure Camp and Furnace remains focused on promoting culture and the arts

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that Liverpool City Region will receive a total of £2,565,319 awarded through the Arts Council and the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. 

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The Royal Court will receive £340,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund

Arts Council England has been working on two funding programmes for this third round of the Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support and Emergency Resource Support.

£2,493,768 in Continuity Support grants will be awarded to 21 previous Culture Recovery Fund recipients in the Liverpool City Region. In addition to this, one organisation so far in the region has been awarded a grant from the Emergency Resource Support strand of funding, with more applications undergoing assessment over the coming weeks. 

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The Everyman and Playhouse Image: Confidentials / Vicky Andrews

Camp & Furnace has been allocated £331,548, Liverpool’s Royal Court will get £340,000, while the Everyman and Playhouse will benefit from £283,599.

Paul Speed, director of Camp and Furnace, said, “We are very grateful to the Arts Council and DCMS for awarding us this grant from the Culture Recovery Fund.

“Without the support from this vital scheme for the creative, cultural and hospitality sectors many independent venues, like ours, would not have survived the biggest crisis we have faced.

“The grant is an essential lifeline to ensure Camp and Furnace remains focused on promoting culture and the arts in Liverpool for all to experience.”

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Liverpool SoundCity Image: Confidentials / Vicky Andrews

The funding also includes:

  • Events With Intent LTD - £229,678
  • Argent Leisure Limited - £199,486
  • FACT - £198,803
  • The Bluecoat - £155,194
  • Shone Productions Ltd - £86,500
  • Invisible Wind Factory - £78,224
  • Smithdown Social - £66,879
  • I Love Live Events Limited - £60,000
  • Zicon Entertainment Ltd - £50,000
  • Total Control Sound Ltd - £49,000
  • Liverpool Lighthouse - £44,000
  • Merseyside Dance Initiative - £40,000
  • Lumen Productions Limited - £38,336
  • SoundCity - £35,000
  • District Jordan Street Limited - £33,700
  • Laughterhouse On The Road Ltd - £33,571
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The Bluecoat Image: Confidentials / Vicky Andrews

Nationally, 925 cultural and creative organisations will receive a share of £107m in grants and loans as part of a financial boost from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This includes more than £100 million, which has been awarded in grants through Arts Council England, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

Providing access to emergency funding throughout the winter period, the Emergency Resource Support programme will be reopened. 

This will give more applicants at imminent risk of financial failure an opportunity to bid for support, protecting even more organisations so that they can continue to create jobs and contribute to the economy. 

The application window will reopen next week.

The full list of awards made from the Culture Recovery Fund are available at the Arts Council website.

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