We’re delighted to announce that Dronfield Hall Barn has received a second round of funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

After receiving a first round of funding last autumn, we’re pleased to report that Dronfield Hall Barn has been successful in applying for funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The Barn is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of funding, which was set up to help organisations around the country recover and re-open following the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations, with announcements being made from today.

We’re delighted to receive this vital funding, as it will help us look ahead to the spring and summer when we hope to be able to re-open to the public. After having been closed since November last year, this funding will also help us support our core costs – staffing, utility bills, building & communication costs, and will make sure we can continue to operate in a sustainable way over the next few months before we’re fully back on our feet.

Alan Powell, Chairman of Dronfield Heritage Trust, said:

“We’re very grateful to the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the National Lottery Fund and Historic England to be selected for a second round of funding. It was a huge benefit to our small charity to receive the initial funding back in the autumn, and this has allowed us to keep planning for the future, despite the continued challenges of the past few month. With the benefit of this latest round of funding, we are eagerly looking forward to welcoming the public back to Dronfield Hall Barn in the next few weeks, and would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the project.”

Claire Wilks, Commercial Manager, said: 

“April 2021 marks five years since Dronfield Hall Barn first opened to the public. This welcome funding boost helps us plan for the next few months, during which we will aim to eventually return to our usual programme of events, as well as continue to provide volunteering opportunities and remain an important part of Dronfield’s community. It’s no secret that the last few months have been exceptionally challenging for a small charity such as ours, but the Government’s Culture Recovery Funds provides us with a vital lifeline and ensures that the Barn’s 600 years of history can still be enjoyed by future generations.”

Don’t forget that if you’d like to continue supporting Dronfield Hall Barn, you can still make a donation through our website by clicking here. Alternatively, why not sign up to be a Friend of the Barn?