Foundation offers £25m to support arts and culture charities

The Garfield Weston Foundation is to offer a £25m grant fund to support organisations in the cultural sector that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The charity said its Weston Culture Fund, which will open for applications next month, is a one-off fund for museums, performing and visual arts organisations in the UK. 

The foundation said it was important to continue to support cultural organisations because they had been badly affected by the pandemic and needed help to get back on their feet.

The new fund will be open to performing and visual arts organisations, arts centres, accredited museums and galleries (excluding those that are local authority maintained) with a minimum annual income of £500,000 in a typical year. 

Grants of between £100,000 and £2m are available.  

Philippa Charles, director of the foundation, said the UK’s performing and visual arts sector had been hit hard by the coronavirus 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,” she said. 

“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.”

She urged organisations that were not eligible for money from the new fund to apply for a regular grant from the foundation, which has given out an additional £30m in funding to support charities affected by the pandemic. 

The new fund will open for applications on 5 October and close on 9 November, with funding decisions announced by the end of January. 

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