Cultural Recovery Fund to help children’s literary charity

Grimm & Co, the Yorkshire children’s writing charity based in Rotherham, has secured £86,000 from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund to secure operational programme delivery through to spring 2021.

This money will help to bridge the funding gap brought about through Covid-19. As a charity Grimm & Co has been significantly affected by the pandemic, with reduced donations and the loss of income from contracts and school activities.  The lockdown also forced an earlier than planned premises move, which meant closure of the physical gift shop, ‘Grimm’s Apothecary to the Magical’ – moving this retail offer totally online.

“This year has been a challenging year for all of us, especially for those working in the hospitality or arts sector.  Grimm & Co, as an arts charity, has suffered greatly from reduced funds, oscillating plans to react and respond, whilst continuing to deliver provision to the communities of Yorkshire.  Today’s news will mean we can focus on what we do best and support the children and young people we work with.”  Chair of Trustees, Sarah Dunwell.

Grimm & Co use the joyful discovery of stories to engage children, young people and families in creative ways.  Writing, stories, imagination and creativity can be excellent tools for resilience during challenging times such as this.  Grimm & Co will be able to respond to the demand and need from schools, partners and communities to sprinkle a touch of magic on those who need it the most.

Deborah Bullivant, Founding Chief Executive said, “Securing this fund means our survival is safeguarded over the dark, winter months ahead.  This means we can plan ahead, we can re-engage our wonderful freelance artists, our team is secure.  We are so excited that we will now be able to deliver an enchanting programme of activities, in so many safe and exciting ways, to reach those communities where we can make the greatest difference.  We are absolutely delighted and very relieved at this news today.”

Grimm & Co’s story destination opened in February 2014 to help to support children across Yorkshire and Humberside and the charity has already worked with thousands of children and young people. Grimm & Co showcase the children’s work from published books through to professional performances, championing the writer in every child.