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Harrogate Theatre receives £395,000 grant from Arts Council

Harrogate Theatre receives £395,000 grant from Arts Council

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 1:30pm 8th July 2020.

The cash will cover their losses from March to September.

  • Harrogate Theatre say they're 'grateful' for the 'significant grant' of £395,000
  • It's coming from Arts Council England's Emergency Response Fund
  • The theatre say it's a statement of their value to the theatre industry and the local area

Bosses at Harrogate Theatre have welcomed a £395,000 grant which is coming their way from Arts Council England.

The cash is coming from the body's Emergency Response Fund and is the full amount which the theatre applied for.

It will cover their losses incurred from March until September, which include refunds to those who had bought tickets, running costs and staff costs.



The money is on top of the £60,000 which has been donated by over a thousand local people and organisations to the theatre's Emergency Appeal, which is still open for further donations.

Meanwhile, the theatre are also hopeful of potentially receiving a share of the £1.5 billion arts industry fund announced by the government earlier this week.

The theatre's management have described the £395,000 grant as 'good news' and a 'relief', but warn it doesn't mean they're out of the woods yet.

Harrogate Theatre's Chief Executive David Bown said:

"It doesn't mean we're going to survive necessarily, we've still got a long way to go to open up this building and we don't know when that's going to be.

"We still need people to stand by us, and transfer their tickets if we have to move events and we still need to continue with our fundraising.

"But it was a relief, it means we can keep going, and we're still here fighting."


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