The Courtyard Hereford has received a major boost today by the announcement that they have received an £80,000 emergency grant from Arts Council England.

The Courtyard posted on Facebook:

We are ecstatic to announce that we have been awarded an emergency grant of £80k from Arts Council England 🥳❤🎭 We couldn’t be more grateful!

The Covid Emergency Response Funding, which is separate to the government support announced on Sunday, was made available to ACE National Portfolio Organisations to help them survive until the end of September 2020.

We are so grateful to be given this support to help us through the worst period of financial struggle we have ever faced.

Ian Archer, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said: “Covid-19 is having a devastating effect on arts and culture throughout the country and The Courtyard plays an incredibly important part of the social fabric and cultural life of Herefordshire. Throughout this pandemic, we have seen the need and value of arts and culture in our daily lives and we are absolutely delighted that this grant from Arts Council England will help to sustain The Courtyard into the future, until we can return to our beloved venue.”