The grant of almost £150k will be awarded over the next three years, allowing the theatre to invest in skills and capacity. The fund also creates a significant incentive to new donors whose gifts will be matched pound for pound and effectively doubled in value.
The programme will provide momentum at just the right time in the theatre’s evolution, when it is committed to building more pro-active partnerships in order to make the most of the unmissable opportunity presented by Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
The successful bid is a testament to the strength of Hull Truck Theatre’s fundraising plans, and acknowledges the improvements made to sustainability and resilience over the past two years.
Janthi Mills-Ward, Executive Director at Hull Truck Theatre, says:
“To build a secure future for the theatre, it is crucial that we can attract a wide range of funding. We're delighted to have been awarded this Catalyst: Evolve grant from Arts Council England, which will transform our fundraising. Charitable income is increasingly important to our plans to build a resilient and sustainable business. This vote of confidence is testament to the strength of our plans for the future. The ability to leverage matched funding will be a great opportunity to encourage as many people as possible to invest in realising our ambitious vision for 2017 and beyond, bringing more great work to the stage and changing people's lives in the community.
It's great that Artlink have also been successful - the fact that there are two Catalyst: Evolve organisations in the city shows Arts Council England’s commitment to Hull’s cultural future.”