Big boost in funding for community projects in St. Helens

THE cultural scene in St Helens has received a major boost in funding.

The Borough Library Service and local arts organization Heart of Glass secured more than £1.7m in national funding to continue their multi-award winning community projects over the next three years.

As part of their National Portfolio Organizations (NPO) status – awarded by Arts Council England (ACE) in 2018 – Library Service and Heart of Glass were among 990 organizations to receive a share of a £446 million investment to bring the to support ACE’s ambitious “Let’s Create” strategy to bring art, culture and creativity to more people in more places across the country.

St Helens is the only borough outside of Liverpool in the City Region with two non-profit organisations, which has been described as “a clear demonstration of the strength of the cultural sector” in the borough.

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The timely announcement comes as St Helens takes on the role of the Liverpool City region’s cultural district for 2023, with a program of events planned for the New Year – the theme for this will be celebrating St Helens’ past and to build for the future.

Cllr David Baines, Chair of St Helens Council, spoke at the Cultural District’s dedication ceremony in Knowsley and publicly recognized the achievements of both the Heart of Glass and the Council’s library service.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and personally recognize those who have worked so hard to develop and submit these funding offers,” he said.

“We are committed to receiving continued support to develop the pool of cultural talent we have within the district and to use culture as a key driver of our broader renewal programs, including exciting plans for the iconic Gamble Building, the Earlestown City Hall, Cannington Shaw and the World of Glass.”

Cllr Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member of the Council for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage also shared his views.

He added: “For two local organisations, including our council-run St Helens library service, to receive a significant amount of funding from a highly competitive process speaks volumes to the confidence Arts Council England has in the work being done in district to expand the cultural sector here and is very welcome in these challenging times.” Big boost in funding for community projects in St. Helens

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