Museums Sheffield’s £1.2m grant joy

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MUSEUMS Sheffield is celebrating after finally receiving a major grant from the Arts Council - after missing out on a bid for £4.2 million earlier this year.

The trust, which runs the Graves and Millennium Galleries, and Weston Park Museum, has been awarded of £1,219,100 for the next two-and-a-half years.

The grant is one of 11 which have been handed out across Yorkshire and The Humber through the Arts Council’s Renaissance Programme.

Kim Streets, chief executive of Museums Sheffield, said: “We’re very pleased that Arts Council England is investing in Sheffield and South Yorkshire through this fund.

“The past few months have seen a significant reduction in our operations, and while this new funding won’t reverse those changes, it is an important part of our plan to deliver an excellent museum and gallery service which is financially sustainable.”

Museums Sheffield will receive around £200,000 of the money in the current financial year and larger sums of £500,000 a year during 2013/13 and 2014/15.

The trust currently receives an annual grant of just over £2 million from Sheffield Council, which covers basic costs.

Its current exhibitions have been financed by one-off grants from the Arts Council over the last few months since previous longer-term funding ran out in March.