The Stables receives Capital Kickstart grant

Grant awarded from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

The Stables has been awarded a Capital Kickstart grant of £141,392 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. It said that this will enable it to push forward with the mini-refurbishment programme despite the financial challenge caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Stables is one of 74 organisations receiving grants totalling £58.9 million. Capital Kickstart is to help organisations to cover costs added to capital projects such as building works, refurbishments, and large-scale equipment purchases by pandemic-related delays or fundraising shortfalls.

The Stables is marking its 50th anniversary this year and had embarked on a series of improvements to its facilities to reduce its environmental impact and improve access for artists and audiences. Works ground to a halt when the organisation was forced to shut due to COVID-19 back in March.

Monica Ferguson, chief executive & artistic director, said:

“We are extremely grateful to receive an award to continue with our capital project, which was put on hold due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The funding will help us to complete a mini refurbishment of our facilities, improving access, safety and comfort for visiting artists and audiences.”

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has also announced that £165 million from the Culture Recovery Fund has been offered in repayable loans to help 11 major cultural organisations survive the loss of income caused by the crisis.

This follows previous rounds of the Culture Recovery Fund, including the Grants programme which distributed £428 million to over 2,000 cultural organisations across the country, and the £3.36 million Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund.

Honorary Patron of The Stables Dame Evelyn Glennie, CH, said:

“It is welcome news to hear that The Stables has received a Kickstart Capital award and that the planned refurbishment programme will go ahead.

“It is so important to invest in adaptations that enable arts venues to provide good accessibility for audiences and artists and the Arts Council support provides confidence that capital projects put on hold because of the pandemic can be completed.”