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Nearly £4 million to support arts and culture in Gloucestershire

Twelve county-based arts organisations are benefitting from a share of £257 million as part of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund announced yesterday.

Distributed by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Gloucestershire's £3.96 million allocation is the biggest tranche of funding distributed to date from the Culture Recovery Fund.

A spokesperson from Arts Council England said: "Earlier today (October 12), we contacted organisations that applied for grants under £1 million in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund with news about their awards.

"Today's funding will help save 1,385 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations and cultural venues that are facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring they have a sustainable future."

Organisations in Gloucestershire to be offered the grants include The Cheltenham Trust, who are set to take the largest share of any organisation in the county, worth £852,161.

Louis Eperjesi, chairman of the board of trustees of The Cheltenham Trust, said: "The Cheltenham Trust is delighted to have been awarded this lifeline that will help with the continued recovery and ongoing revival of both Cheltenham Town Hall and Pittville Pump Room.

"The last seven months have been incredibly difficult for the charity and while we have been pro-active in rescheduling shows and hires and identifying every opportunity to generate income this has been an incredibly stressful time for everyone in managing the most challenging time that the Trust has ever faced."

Gloucestershire Everyman Theatre Ltd follows closely behind with a grant of £832,000, followed by Cheltenham Festivals with £783,939.

A spokesperson from the Cheltenham Festivals leadership team said: "This welcome news has come the day after we celebrate the success of our pioneering hybrid Literature Festival. It is a great vote of confidence in our ability to take bold steps to reach new audiences and serve our communities."

In Stroud, Shires Entertainment Limited are set to receive £240,000, The Glass Foundry £100,000, Stroud Valleys Artspace £56,028 and onsongmusic ltd £51,000.

Cirencester based venue The Barn Theatre Project will be handed 349,500, and the town's Corinium Museum £121,021.

And in Tewkesbury district, Roses Theatre Trust will receive a total of £248,391, alongside organisers of Witcombe Cider Festival JDP Events Limited scooping £100,000.

The Three Choirs Festival Association Ltd in Gloucester will also receive £230,000.

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