Arts Council England funding for East Quay

14 December 2020

We are so proud to be successful in the Capital Kickstart grant for the East Quay culture, community and enterprise development. This grant will help us to deal with the financial challenge caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded a £389k Capital Kickstart grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Onion Collective is one of 74 organisations receiving grants totalling £58.9 million. The Capital Kickstart grants programme helps organisations cover costs added to capital projects such as building works and large-scale equipment purchases by pandemic-related delays or fundraising shortfalls.

We are a Community Interest Company working in Watchet on projects that bring cultural, economic, social and environmental benefit. East Quay, situated on the quayside in Watchet will be a gallery, papermill, geology lab, artist studios, maker workshops, learning space, restaurant and accommodation pods. It will have a year-round programme of exhibitions, events, courses and workshops and will open its doors in Summer 2021.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“This government promised it would be here for culture and today’s announcement is proof we’ve kept our word.

“The £1 billion invested so far through the Culture Recovery Fund has protected tens of thousands of jobs at cultural organisations across the UK, with more support still to come through a second round of applications.

“Today we’re extending a huge helping hand to the crown jewels of UK culture - so that they can continue to inspire future generations all around the world.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England said “Today’s announcement is another vital step in securing the future of England’s cultural sector. Supporting capital projects will help to ensure that we maintain an innovative, sustainable cultural infrastructure that supports world class creative work, while the loans announced today will enable some of our largest and most prestigious cultural organisations to weather the effects of Covid-19 and reopen when it is safe to do so. The Arts Council is grateful to the Government for their support through the Culture Recovery Fund, and we are proud to support all the organisations receiving funding today.”

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