Black Country and Birmingham organisations awarded over £8 million in vital funding

Birmingham Hippodrome

By Sophie Perry

Cultural and heritage organisations across the Black Country and Birmingham have been awarded over £8 million in funding from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. 

The latest round of grants saw Birmingham Hippodrome awarded £3 million, Black Country Living Museum £2.56 million, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre £1.87 million and Birmingham Repertory Theatre £1.38 million.

In this latest round of funding £75 million was handed out to 35 major cultural organisations, each receiving up to £3million.

Such crucial funds will be used by the organisations to safeguard jobs, support COVID safety measures and ensure long-term business.

Adrian Jackson, CEO and Artistic Director of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, said: “It is with huge delight but also relief to share this outcome with you today. The Grand is the only large-scale theatre in Wolverhampton and The Black Country and is a vital lifeline to those communities.

“We will now carefully execute the business and creative plans proposed to ensure we are able to re-open at full capacity, next year. We are still unclear when this will be, however we are looking at other opportunities to open in the short term with social distancing in place.”

Fiona Allan, Artistic Director and CEO of Birmingham Hippodrome, said: “We are beyond thrilled that our dance and rehearsal studios will now be reanimated.

“Being unable to use these areas has been a significant blow to the independent dance sector and now we have the financial means to reopen these spaces, we look forward to returning to being a cultural and creative hub in the heart of our city.”

In the previous round of grants, 2,000 organisations each had a share of £300million.

So far, more than £500 million has been allocated from the Culture Recovery Fund to nearly 2,500 cultural organisations and venues across the UK.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “As part of our unprecedented £1.57 billion rescue fund, today we’re saving British cultural icons with large grants of up to £3 million – from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Sheffield Crucible.

“These places and organisations are irreplaceable parts of our heritage and what make us the cultural superpower we are. This vital funding will secure their future and protect jobs right away.”