Mid to large-scale cultural organisations around the UK will soon be able to apply for a portion of a new £25 million fund from the Garfield Weston Foundation, designed to help establishments restart work, generate revenue, adapt to changed circumstances and engage once more with audiences after the pandemic.

The details of the Weston Culture Fund are currently being finalised and it will be launched on Twitter and the group’s official website on October 5th. Closing date for applications has been set for November 9th, with decisions regarding the apportioning of funds due to be announced by the end of January 2021.

The fund has been set up specifically for charitable organisations that had a pre-covid regular annual income of £500,000 or more. Smaller cultural organisations are able to apply for funding via the Foundation’s regular grants programme.

The Foundation itself is a family-founded charitable grant-making organisation, supporting a wide range of causes all over the UK, donating more than £80 million each year. It was set up back in 1958 by the Weston family and has since grown to become one of the biggest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK, donating more than £1 billion in total.

Nearly 2,000 charities around the country benefit each year from grants, ranging from volunteer and small community projects to bigger national organisations. It has helped groups across a wide range of sectors, everything from the arts and education to youth, health, faith, environment and local community.

Given the tough time that many museums and other cultural organisations have gone through over the last few months as a result of the pandemic, applying for a grant could be a good way to get back on your feet..


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