29 June 2020
Cheshire East’s cultural sector has been boosted by more than £175,000 of new funding from the Arts Council.
It follows several successful grant applications by local bodies to Arts Council England’s emergency fund.
Our cultural economy team provided support for many of the borough’s cultural organisations in their successful applications to obtain a cash injection of more than £175,000 in total.
We managed further funding of £155,000 through grants and rate relief, achieved through its business support programmes.
This funding provides a lifeline to arts organisations, museums, festivals and events who have been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In many cases, programmes of activities have been made virtual, with digital online resources, to continue to engage with audiences. This will create new opportunities for residents to engage with arts, heritage and entertainment across the borough – either with distancing measures in place or through digital and online content.
Examples of organisations supported include:
Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for culture, said: “We are delighted at this much needed cash injection for the cultural and creative sector in Cheshire East. The sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and many events and performances that have been months, if not years in the planning, have sadly been unable to go ahead due to social distancing restrictions.
“This funding has taken events and performances to a new era, allowing the production needed to take them online and for residents of Cheshire East to be able to enjoy them from the comfort of their own home in the virtual realm.
“The online events are not just a wonderful way to escape everyday life, they are also helpful to the many children across the borough who are being home schooled.”
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Photo credit for the main photo at the top of the page: Becca Smith, artist from Homemade Parade for Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2020