Alton Castle in the Staffordshire Moorlands has received a grant of £52,900 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen after the pandemic.
The grant was part of nearly £400 million awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country. In total, more than 2,700 organisations benefitted.
Alton Castle offers a unique blend of outdoor adventurous activities and inspiring retreat experiences that promote personal, social and spiritual development. Young people from schools and youth groups across the West Midlands and beyond visit for day programmes and residential trips that encourage them to develop new skills and grow in their relationships and resilience, all animated by an enthusiastic team of gap year volunteers.
The award from the Culture Recovery Fund will help the Kenelm Youth Trust who run Alton Castle to continue bringing history to life by supporting them as they respond to the challenges of reopening in a Covid secure way.
As well as ensuring the completion of some already planned refurbishments to the residential accommodation, they are also able to develop resources for more casual visitors and so share this unique heritage with a wider audience.
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.
This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.
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.
Sandra Satchell, CEO of the Kenelm Youth Trust who runs Alton Castle told The Catholic Universe: “We’re just delighted to receive funds in this second round as it will help us bridge the gap until we are able to be fully open once more!”