Arts Council England (ACE) has now completed awarding funds for its first two Emergency Response Funds: for Individuals, and for Organisations (outside the National Portfolio). The key achievements include:
- investing £64.8 million in 9,666 people and organisations
- £13.1 million of funding has been made to Black and minority ethnic individuals and Black and minority ethnic-led organisations
- £8.5 million of funding has been made to D/deaf or disabled individuals and disabled-led organisations
The full report presents the headline data for ACE's Emergency Response Funds: for individuals and for organisations (outside of the National Portfolio). It also includes some specific reflections on the diversity of their investment and the geographical spread, along with some considerations about ACE's process.
A report on the third fund (for National Portfolio Organisations and lead Creative People and Places organisations), and on the £4 million also given to benevolent funds supporting individuals working across the arts and culture sector, will be published in July.
Darren Henley, CEO, explains in his blog:
"The people and organisations who have received these grants demonstrate the richness of England’s cultural sector. They serve villages, towns and cities across the country, and they work across all the artforms we fund.
"They also reflect the range of circumstances we have seen in the cultural sector as the crisis has unfolded. Many are using the funds to pay the bills and to ensure they can open again when the time is right. Some are putting their grants towards helping their staff adapt to working from home, while others are continuing to produce creative work, exploring ways to overcome the barriers of lockdown and social distancing to reach their audiences and local communities at home. All of these responses are vital to ensuring that we emerge from the crisis with a sector that is strong enough to harness England’s culture and creativity to benefit every one of us."
Darren Henley goes onto discuss the need to focus on making the cultural sector work for everyone, and that "we want to do more...this is just a start and...we will continue to place diversity and inclusion at the heart of our plans as we begin to rebuild."
You can read more from CEO Darren Henley's blog about the grants and on the near future.