The Spring is delighted to have been awarded £47,000 from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund Round 2

The Spring is delighted to have been awarded £47,000 from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund Round 2

This week we have been delighted to hear that we have been awarded funding from the second round of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This funding is addition to that which we received in 2020. The new funding will support our work from April to June 2021, including contributing to the costs of reopening our building in May 2021. The Spring originally closed in March 2020 to delay virus transmission. Since then we have only been able to open our building for 10 weeks, during which time we presented performances, exhibitions and workshops along with our magical Enchanted Snow Globe event. We can’t wait to throw open the doors and welcome our community back!

While our building has been sleeping for the last few months, the organisation certainly has not been!  In the last year, we have hosted 92 performances, workshops and events online, which have been enjoyed by over 3500 people.  We have also delivered personalised poems over the phone, thanked lockdown heroes with our Signs of Solidarity project, continued to care for our museum collection, have kept in touch with our volunteers and partners and have been busy planning for the future. None of this would have been possible without the Culture Recovery Fund, so we are very grateful to the DCMS and Arts Council England for their support.

The news of a further £47,000 this week means we can continue to work in new ways, such as with Is Now A Good Time, a new theatre show performed over the phone into the comfort of your home. Importantly, we can move ahead with our reopening plans with the knowledge that we can restart events and activities in line with covid secure regulations.  Social distancing sees our theatre seating capacity reduced by over 75% and our workshop numbers halved.  This means our activities are only possible with extra support. With this funding in place we can look forward to an entertaining summer of live performances, films and workshops.  We look forward to sharing our programme with you in the coming weeks.

Of course, the challenges of coronavirus are not over yet and we will continue to need your support in the coming months and years.  If you like what The Spring does and how we contribute to our community please do share our news, buy tickets, pop in for coffee (when we reopen) and donate to our Revitalising The Spring campaign

Thanks in part to this funding The Spring continues to be #HereForCulture