Coronavirus Relief Fund News

 Kaleider receives £59,000 from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

16 October 2020


Kaleider has been awarded £59,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today. 


Kaleider is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.


This funding wlll allow Kaleider to modify it’s hub in Exeter City Centre, known as Kaleider Studios, to be more COVID-safe for it’s staff as well as the artists, academics, scientists and makers who make up a network of Kaleider Residents. The building was closed down between March and June of this year, but has been able to re-open its doors to limited use since the beginning of July.


The funding will also enable the company to adapt it’s touring artworks to be more accessible to audiences via streaming platforms and less reliant on a member of Kaleider’s Team to travel with it. After this process has taken place, three of Kaleider’s projects will still be able to tour to cities which are under some stage of COVID 19 restrictions. This is crucial for the company which relies on income from local, national & international touring. In the last 5 years, Kaleider has performed 144 international gigs in 14 countries on 5 continents to more than 65,000 people. 


Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: 

“This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.


“These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”


Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries.  


“This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis.  We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”


Full information about the Cultural Recovery Fund can be found at