We are thrilled to announce that Chiswick House & Gardens has been awarded £308,000 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
With these funds we will remain committed to supporting the needs of local schools and communities through our community garden and outdoor learning spaces, as well looking forward to welcoming back existing and new partners. The funds will also enable us to prepare for the safe reopening of Chiswick House to the public, a much-loved local historic gem, in April 2021.
In order to achieve our vision to be the place for ‘everyone, everyday’, we have made several fundraising bids to statutory funders, Trusts and Foundations. One of these applications was to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund; an unprecedented investment of £1.57bn. The Government is #HereForCulture. They are helping fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage sites around the country to weather the storm of Coronavirus and come back stronger.
The Culture Recovery Fund will make a material difference and means investment in projects and activities that have not been able to be delivered due to the loss in income. With this funding, we are able to:
- Restart the learning and community outreach programme
- Continue our commitment to expanding digital activities and updating the website for those that can’t visit in person
- Invest in getting Chiswick House ready to reopen in April 2021 in a Covid-19-secure way
- Develop an opening programme of activities for all ages and for those that haven’t visited Chiswick House and Gardens before
- Train the visitor experience and volunteer team ready for a Covid-19-safe reopening
- Continue to invest in our team to secure future income.
Unfortunately, the funds do not cover the cost of repairing the playground. This remains a priority and one which fundraising will continue for.
We have set out our vision and ambitions in a 10 year Business Plan which can be found here and is open for comment until 30th October.