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Fifth Word receives a further grant from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Fifth Word is to receive £28,800 from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Fifth Word are among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund. The award will enable us to cover core salaries and overheads and allows time to implement a new fundraising strategy, improve governance including expanding our Board, and cultivate new partner relationships. We will use this time to refine long-term strategy and explore different models for a post-COVID world, making us more resilient and less vulnerable to sector uncertainty.

It will allow us to work with more freelance theatre practitioners and help uncover new talent in the region, through new seed commissions that will tell urgent contemporary stories that we can ultimately produce and tour for future audiences, and by letting us recruit a larger, more diverse team of script readers to read our unsolicited submissions. We are also able to make a digital offering for our forthcoming tour of LAVA that will help us reach more people than before.

The third round of funding will support us while we are dealing with ongoing reopening challenges in the industry, ensuring we can thrive in better times ahead.

Laura Ford, Artistic Director of Fifth Word, said:

“We are delighted to receive a further grant from the Arts Council Cultural Recovery Fund. This grant will support the core salaries and overheads of the company and give us the essential time needed to refine our longer-term strategy and expand on our community engagement work. The grant will give us the opportunity to work with more freelance theatre practitioners through seed commissions, and expand and diversify our reading team”.

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.

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