Culture Recovery Fund Announcement

Burnley Youth Theatre to receive £29,390 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Burnley Youth Theatre in Lancashire has received a grant of £29,390 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Burnley Youth Theatre in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Burnley Youth Theatre works with children, young people and families in Burnley and the surrounding areas. The funding will allow the small arts organisation and charity to offer a varied programme of cultural activity both face to face and online between April – June 2021. They will offer Youth Theatre workshops and productions for ages 0 – 18, projects with local schools and community groups and Professional Theatre productions. The funding will also give security to the jobs of their small staff team as well as give paid opportunities to freelance artists from Lancashire and the North West.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 


 Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

 “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Artistic Director / CEO, Karen Metcalfe, said:

 “This grant will support us to reopen our building and begin face to face activity again, building on the great work we have been delivering online for the past 12 months. It gives us the opportunity to try new things – experimenting with using our outdoor spaces and delivering projects in alternative ways. The grant gives us some real security in an unpredictable period and we are very grateful to receive it”

 Anthony Preston, Chair of Trustees, Burnley Youth Theatre said:

 “We are delighted with this additional financial support from the Culture Recovery Fund. It is especially welcomed in helping us to relaunch our activities and secure the future of the organisation in these most challenging of times. The grant recognises the important contribution we make to the cultural life, wellbeing and prosperity of Burnley and its young people.”

 Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

 “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.