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Kneehigh has received a lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

We're over the moon to have been awarded funds 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 we have a sustainable future.

Kneehigh 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.

The overnight loss of box office income and international touring placed our company into a precariously vulnerable position, but throughout the last six months we have continued to create.

We have focussed on our creative space – the barns – a space for artists to seed, develop and embrace ideas. We prototyped outdoor performance by firelight. We released our first film, The Neon Shadow, launched new stories on our Walk With Me app, and set creative challenges to thousands online in our Windows to the World project.

Securing Cultural Recovery Funding will now enable Kneehigh to reimagine its operating model, reignite its creativity and prepare the company to present its work in front of live audiences once again – and we can’t wait.


“Kneehigh remain an inspiration for many throughout the sector, they’ve never got “stuck” and have always been quick to adapt to new challenges.  Their mission to remain local whilst telling stories that reflect all our lives is vital in helping us all through these unprecedented times” 

Film director and Kneehigh Associate Joe Wright