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Blackpool Grand Theatre is immensely grateful to learn that its application for Arts Council England: Emergency Response Funds has been successful.
The Grand is one of 196 National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) that have benefitted from the fund, which was launched in April to help the sector overcome the challenges of forced closure, due to Covid-19, until September 2020. The Theatre will receive £193,000 to cover costs incurred because of the pandemic and to continue to engage with audiences, artists and staff during lockdown and in preparation for re-opening. Arts Council England has used its own resources to create this fund, which is separate from and unrelated to the recent announcement of £1.57bn support package announced this week.
Ruth Eastwood, Chief Executive of Blackpool Grand Theatre said “It is a great relief to have received this funding. It will help us, in the short-term, to cover some of the losses that the charity has incurred since it closed the theatre’s doors on 17 March 2020 and begin to plan for reopening. Obviously, with social distancing still in place and theatres not yet allowed to operate ‘normally’, many things remain uncertain about both the economic viability and the safety of theatres, like The Grand, returning to working the way things were. However, we are confident that, whilst the world may look very different when this difficult times come to an end, the Grand Theatre will bounce back, stronger and with even more to offer our local and regional communities”.
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