Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
6:08 AM 5th April 2021

One Day Creative, Receives Grant From Culture Recovery Fund

One Day Creative, based in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, has received a grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300m has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including One Day Creative, in the latest round of support from the
Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Since 2013, One Day Creative has made great strides to become the leading voice in creative arts education in the UK. Their drama, dance and music workshops have reached thousands of children both throughout Yorkshire and in all corners of the country, helping
to embed creativity into the curriculum and inspire a love of learning.

After a difficult year of school closures, this funding will be a much-needed lifeline as they continue to support schools and transform their most popular primary school workshops into engaging videos for their online teaching platform, Uno.

This grant allows them to:
Invest in British Sign Language filming and adaptations
Support freelance workers and individuals within the arts sector
Showcase a range of script writers with authentic voices for culturally-focused content
Continue creating valuable video content for Uno, based on schools’ priorities

Over £800m in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

(3)The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis
they've ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the
better times ahead."

One Day Creative Founder, Rebecca Zimmerman, said:
"We believe that our small business adapted as quickly as possible in order to support schools throughout this difficult time.

"This grant enables us to strengthen our online learning platform, Uno, ensuring more children than ever can reap the benefits of connecting creativity with culturally-relevant and curriculum topics.

"From greater access to the arts for rural schools to the possibility to expand internationally, Uno champions the transformative power of imagination in children.
It also provides a valuable lifeline to our skilled arts practitioners in the UK."

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to
re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

"We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded is from a £400m pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the
public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.