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Stamford Arts Centre to share money from Government's pandemic fund

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Stamford Arts Centre is to benefit from a share of £230,000 from the Government.

South Kesteven District Council applied for the money to help protect Stamford Arts Centre and Grantham’s Guildhall Arts Centre from financial losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Both venues had been fully closed from March, and are now open to a limited number of regular user groups and organisations, enabling them to deliver classes and workshops.

Stamford Arts Centre during the coronavirus pandemic
Stamford Arts Centre during the coronavirus pandemic

Coun Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, the council’s cabinet member for culture and visitor economy, said: “We are enormously grateful to Arts Council England for this funding. It is a real lifeline.

“This award will support our commitment to protect the future of both our arts centres during the coronavirus crisis.

“Culture plays a significant role in the health and wellbeing of local communities and this funding will support our efforts to deliver cultural services during a very difficult time for the sector.”

Future events at Stamford Arts Centre will be subject to the impact of local infection rates.

The district council is hoping that planned town centre Family Day activities in spring 2021 and the ongoing delivery of online events will continue.

As reported last month, Stamford Arts Centre is to also benefit from a £100,000 ‘improvement scheme’ as the district council looks to base a new digital customer access point in the building.

The scheme is to include a reconfigured coffee shop, box office and tourist information point, as well as new computer kiosks for council customers. Click here to read more .

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