Culture Recovery Fund

Devas Club receives major grant from government Culture Recovery Fund

The Devas Club, serving young people in Battersea for more than 100 years, has been awarded £50,000 from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

Devas, founded in 1884, is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country which received urgently needed support from a £257 million funding package as part of the continuing CRF grants programme, run through Arts Council England.

Devas has built up strong drama, music, dance and arts programmes, serving the needs of hundreds of young people in Wandsworth and neighbouring boroughs. In order to sustain them the trustees are now considering how best to extend and develop these vital contributions to local youth services.

The dance studio has been refurbished recently and the club is proud of its state-of-the art music and recording facilities. In recent years, some of its members have gone on to win awards, perform locally, and gain national recognition in talent shows.

The chair of the Devas Trustees, Andrew Griffith, said: “This is a major boost for us. It helps us protect the range of our arts activities – dance, music, creative art, and above all drama. We are very pleased to be able secure this outreach work for young people – many from disadvantaged backgrounds – across our catchment area.”

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:“ This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country.”

The chair of Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:“ This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”