We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded £86,000 from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund to secure operational programme delivery through to spring 2021.
This fund will help to bridge the funding gap brought about through Covid-19, which has affected everyone in so many ways. As a charity Grimm & Co has been significantly affected by the pandemic, with reduced donations and the loss of income from contracts and school activities. The lockdown also forced an earlier than planned premises move, which meant closure of the physical gift shop, ‘Grimm’s Apothecary to the Magical’. We have moved this retail offer totally online.
Chair of Trustees, Sarah Dunwell said:
This year has been a challenging year for all of us, especially for those working in the hospitality or arts sector. Grimm & Co, as an arts charity, has suffered greatly from reduced funds, oscillating plans to react and respond, whilst continuing to deliver provision to the communities of Yorkshire. Today’s news will mean we can focus on what we do best and support the children and young people we work with.”
Grimm & Co use the joyful discovery of stories to engage children, young people and families in creative ways. Writing, stories, imagination and creativity can be excellent tools for resilience during challenging times such as this. We will be able to respond to the demand and need from schools, partners and communities to sprinkle a touch of magic on those who need it the most.
Deborah Bullivant, Founding Chief Executive said:
“Securing this fund means our survival is secured over these dark, winter months ahead. This means we can plan ahead, we can re-engage our wonderful freelance artists, our team is secure and we can deliver an enchanting programme of activities, in so many safe and exciting ways, to reach those communities where we can make the greatest difference. We are absolutely delighted and very relieved at this news today. Thank you so much to the Arts Council England for supporting us!”