Arts Council England grants Royal & Derngate £220,000

We are thrilled to announce that the Arts Council England has granted Royal & Derngate £220,000 to continue a programme of upgrading and improving our Royal Theatre.

The funding will allow us to install an energy saving lighting rig in the stage area, helping us reduce our overall carbon footprint. It will also allow us to replace sound equipment to enable us to produce and host award-winning touring productions more efficiently.

Jo Gordon, Chief Executive of both Royal & Derngate and The Core, commented: “We’re delighted that Arts Council England has committed to supporting this project, which is both vital to the future sustainability and environmental impact of our organisation. In Northampton, we have an important role as custodians of our historic Royal Theatre and this funding is a real boost to the ongoing process of modernising our equipment and helping to ensure it is fit for a successful future”

Peter Knott, Area Director of Arts Council England, said: “Our Capital: Small Grants programme provides organisations with vital funding to ensure that buildings and equipment are appropriate to support and host exciting work for the public

“We are always looking for new ways to encourage environmental sustainability and we’re pleased to be supporting The Core and Royal & Derngate through the National Lottery as they continue to make their buildings more ecologically sustainable.”

The investment is part of Arts Council’s National Lottery funded Small Capital programme, which will see a total of £2,427,380 supporting organisations in the Midlands.

Arts Council England will be awarding £12.3 million to 46 organisations across the country in the latest round of our Capital: Small Grants programme. The programme helps to ensure organisations have the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, helping them build resilience and become more sustainable and innovative businesses. Grants have been awarded to organisations working across combined arts, dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.