Watersmeet in Rickmansworth has received a grant of £87,500 from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the venue recover and reopen following the COVID pandemic.
More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Watersmeet in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced on Friday, April 2.
Watersmeet is recognised as a vibrant arts and entertainment venue, serving the community and inspiring a love of arts and culture. This award will help Watersmeet with the reopening of the venue, enabling a fantastic programme of live theatre, films and events.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round of awards will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
“Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
Josh Sills, Watersmeet venue manager, said: “It is fantastic news that Watersmeet has received the grant that will enable the venue to reopen with a full programme of live shows, films and events, ready for all of our audiences to return safely.
“Arts and entertainment have such a positive impact on mental health and the benefits of having a local theatre enables residents to have a safe and welcoming place to socialise with friends and experience the arts.”