Garfield Weston Foundation launches £25m fund for arts charities

21 Sep 2020 News

The Garfield Weston Foundation has announced a £25m fund to help cultural organisations recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will offer grants of between £100,000 and £2m to visual arts organisations, arts centres, museums and galleries with a minimum annual income of £500,000.

Applications will be open between 5 October and 9 November.

While the fund focuses on medium-sized and large organisations, smaller arts charities will still be able to apply for funds from the foundation’s regular programmes.

The foundation accepts and reviews applications below £100,000 on an ongoing basis and charities can apply anytime.

The Garfield Weston Foundation supports charities and projects working in a range of sectors, including community, environment, culture, education and faith.

It usually gives away about £80m a year, but said that this year it has already granted £30m of extra funding to support charities through the pandemic.

‘Arts organisations are desperate to re-open’

Philippa Charles, director of Garfield Weston Foundation, said: “The UK’s performing and visual arts are among the best in the world but they have been hit hard by the pandemic. It became very clear to our trustees that while we have seen some incredibly creative responses to Covid-19, many cultural organisations need support to restart their important work and bring audiences back. 

“Arts organisations are desperate to reopen and get back to what they do best, and we hope that this new fund will help them do exactly that.
“Yet we also recognise that not everyone will be eligible for the Weston Culture Fund and we would urge those organisations to continue to apply for the foundation’s regular grants. We are very much open and will continue to support charities as we have for over 60 years.”

More information on the Weston Culture Fund can be on its website

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