Portsmouth council has confirmed funding for local cultural organisations for the coming year at a decision making meeting this week.
The city council will be allocating over £197,000 in 2017/18 to a range of local charities or groups including the Kings Theatre, New Theatre Royal, Aspex Visual Arts Trust and the City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport.
Money will be used for cultural bodies to run local programmes, provide activities and support running costs.
Speaking in support of the decision, Cllr Stephen Morgan, Labour’s culture, leisure and sport spokesperson said:
“Cultural organisations contribute hugely to the Portsmouth’s offer, helping to make Portsmouth a great place to live, work and visit.
By giving grants to support the core business of these organisations, the council is helping groups lever in much bigger funding from elsewhere, such as the heritage lottery or Arts Council.
These grants must be protected so Portsmouth’s rich cultural opportunities can be for the many, not the few”.
All grants are subject to an agreement with the council. A range of monitoring arrangements are put in place to ensure funding achieves agreed outcomes and secures value for money.