Little Angel Theatre awarded lifeline Culture Recovery Fund grant

We are thrilled and relieved to have been awarded a grant of £300,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

We are 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 first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.

This funding will be a lifeline for our organisation and we will use the investment to support our core operations and to continue to create work for our audiences, inspiring a new generation of theatre-goers. We are excited to be making a return to live performances in our venue and in schools this Autumn with a new production, Reach for the Stars, and have more digital work in the pipeline for those who are still unable to visit us in person.

Little Angel Theatre’s Artistic Director, Samantha Lane, said:

“The arts have never been so important to inspire creativity and support wellbeing during this challenging time, especially for children and young people.

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported our organisation throughout our closure period, both with donations and messages of encouragement. We will use this investment from DCMS and Arts Council England to continue to make a difference to the young people in our community, and across the UK who have engaged with our work during lockdown. The funding will enable us to ensure our sustainability and resilience as we move forward through the next few turbulent months, and in to 2021.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. 

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

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

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”