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Brighton Journal | 7th December 2019

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Brighton Dome & Festival Awarded £250,000 Match Fund Grant Towards Redevelopment Plans

Brighton Dome & Festival Awarded £250,000 Match Fund Grant Towards Redevelopment Plans
Hannah Midgley

The Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival have recently announced that they have been awarded an enormous match grant of up to £250,000 from The Roddick Foundation in support of the £2.1 million development plans.

The conditions of this grand mean that The Roddick Foundation will match all the money raised by the ‘Build Brighton Dome’ Community Appeal, pound to pound, up to an impressive total of £250,000. If this is successful, this will secure almost a quarter of the total funding needed.

The planned refurbishment comes as the first phase of the major improvement works planned for the Brighton Dome, which will include the revival of long-lost heritage features and the creation of state-of-the-art facilities, including new dedicated creative spaces and a brand new cafe.

The ‘Build Brighton Dome’ Community Appeal intends to reach out to both members of the local community as well of the hundreds of visitors that are welcomed into our city each year, in order to raise the funds needed to complete the redevelopment plans.

The Trustees of The Roddick Foundation, an independent body dedicated to supporting progressive organisations, have released a statement stating:

We recognise that Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival plays a vital role in developing culture in the city and in the local community of Brighton and Hove.

We are delighted to have agreed a contribution of up to £250,000 towards the campaign to redevelop this historic venue.”

Alan Robins, who chairs Brighton and Hove City Council’s Tourism, Development and Culture committee has also expressed his delight at the funding and has said “This is brilliant news for the Brighton Dome appeal and a huge step towards reaching the restoration goals for one of our city’s most beautiful heritage buildings.”

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