The Play House awarded vital funding in the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund!

Exciting News! The Play House are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

This award will support The Play House to continue to be #HereForCulture and most importantly, be here for young people across the West Midlands.



The Play House has received a grant issued by Arts Council England from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover from the impact of Covid-19. As announced by the Culture Secretary today, more than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including The Play House in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.


After months of school closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, the Culture Recovery Fund will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations like ours, transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Crucially, this funding will support The Play House to continue our 35 year history of bringing the curriculum to life for children aged 3-11 and beyond.


Juliet Fry, Artistic Director of The Play House said:

We are incredibly grateful for the support this award gives The Play House after an unprecedented and challenging year. The CRF funding means we can continue to work with partners and schools to create new and exciting programmes of work that benefit those most in need of creative engagement in their lives.

Over the coming weeks and months, we hope this funding will support The Play House in our efforts to:

  • Prepare to make a viable return to full operation after the easing of restrictions, so that we can continue supporting the language and learning of children across the west midlands.

  • Ensure we maintain those vital relationships with schools and creative partners that are so important to us.

  • Continually work to engage with a wide range of communities including those who are marginalised or lack access to theatre and the arts.



Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

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


“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.


The Play House now looks forward to an exciting summer term where we hope to continue to safely support teachers in bringing learning to life in their classrooms.


Beyond this, our brand new 2021/2022 programme of work will be revealed soon! Follow us on social media and sign up to our mailing list to ensure you don’t miss out on the many ways The Play House is here help support your creative curriculum.


Find out more about the Arts Council and Cultural Recovery Fund:

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. The Arts Council are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19


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