The donation has been provided by the Garfield Weston Foundation. (Image credit: Pamela Raith Photography)

Nottingham Playhouse have been awarded a grant of £290,750 after the arts were severely hit by Covid-19.

The donation has been provided by the Garfield Weston Foundation with grants ranging from £100,000 up to £1.5 million based on the size of the organisation.

The fund was created by the Weston family in response to the devastating impact of Covid-19, and their aim is to support a diverse range of organisations from museums to regional theatres and national touring ballet companies.

A spokesperson for Nottingham Playhouse said: “We are so thankful to have been awarded a grant of £290,750 from Garfield Weston Foundation’s Weston Culture Fund to support some of our free participation projects, and the creation of a new community and gallery space.”

Nottingham Playhouse frontage image credit: Drew Baumohl

Chief Executive Stephanie Sirr said: “When culture can reopen fully it will be more important than ever that everyone can access it.

“This fantastic award means that Nottingham Playhouse will be able to build on its award-winning participation work with its many communities.”

The Garfield Weston Foundation has announced that over £30 million has been awarded to Arts organisations across the UK with over £700,000 being directed towards Nottinghamshire.

Here is a breakdown of funding across Nottinghamshire:

Nottingham Playhouse East Midlands – £290,750

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum East Midlands – £214,500

Nottingham Contemporary East Midlands – £105,890

Viva Chamber Orchestra Ltd (Sinfonia Viva) East Midlands – £100,000

The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, said: “Our cultural sector is at the heart of our local communities providing not only entertainment but education and inspiration for many.

“Our Trustees were impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit shown across the Arts in response to Covid-19 and it was a privilege to hear what organisations had been doing to not only survive but also to reinvent the way they reach audiences.

“What really stood out was the level of collaboration and support they had for each other and the determination to keep going, despite the increasingly difficult situation.

“We all want and need our cultural sector to thrive and, if anything, our time away from the Arts has shown just how important they are to us – bringing much-needed pleasure and enrichment to our lives.

“Arts organisations are desperate to re-open and get back to what they do best and we hope that this new funding will help many of them do exactly that.”

Derbyshire and Leicestershire have also been allocated with £303,139 by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

By Elliot Ball