OVER a million pounds has been awarded to organisations across Herefordshire as part of the Government's Culture Recovery Fund.

Funding of £1,069,469 has been awarded through the Arts Council to support 13 organisations in Herefordshire.

The fund is supporting theatres, galleries, museums, performance groups, arts organisations and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring they have a sustainable future.


The Courtyard in Hereford has received the largest grant of £276,356.

The funding will allow them to continue livestreamed performances as well as offer an online education and outreach programme and prepare for a phased reopening.

The arts centre houses a main auditorium, studio, visual arts galleries, café bar and restaurant.

Ian Archer, chief executive and artistic director: “The Courtyard is an established thriving arts centre and remains deeply rooted in the community.

"We are extremely grateful to DCMS and Arts Council England for all their support in ensuring that The Courtyard continues to serve as the hub of cultural life within the county and the region, providing a quality programme of work where people can experience and/or participate both within the building, through our youth theatres, learning, adult participation and outreach activities.

"This additional funding lifeline will help secure the future of The Courtyard for the people of Herefordshire and beyond.”

The Rural Media Charity is a production company and charity producing films and digital arts projects.

The charity works with communities, schools, groups and individuals to create issue-driven films, heritage and digital arts projects that raise awareness, influence change and celebrate rural life.

Arts Council funding of £62,000 will allow them to employ additional staff to the team, keep more creative freelancers in paid work and continue their outreach work with the local community.

Otter-Barry Books is an independent children’s book publisher.

Publishing illustrated fiction and non-fiction books, for children and young people aged from birth to 14 years old.

The books, which have an international reach, explore identity, social issues and human rights.

They work closely with local libraries and schools to arrange visits by authors.

Funding of £48,687 will be used to publish a series of new work.

Nozstock The Hidden Valley is a grassroots festival hosting 10 stages of music, performance, film and wider arts including UK and international artists.

The Hidden Valley is a family festival boasting activities for all ages from children to teens, and students to seasoned festival goers.

This funding of £35,000 will be used to support the facilitation of the 2021 festival.

Babar Café is a grassroots music venue that runs a range of cultural activity including live music performances, puppet theatre, open mic nights and visual art exhibitions.

The funding of £25,000 means they can host outdoor performances, creative workshops for young people and adults and plan a creative weekend working alongside Hereford River Carnival.

Arts Alive, incorporating Flicks in the Sticks, is a Rural Touring Scheme has received £64,000.

Gordon Bennetts bar in Hereford has also received a grant.

The money will ensure that they can continue to provide live music when they reopen