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The Reader has a collective of supporters to thank, including commissioners, grant funders, corporate partners and individuals.

We are proud to receive funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, as well as support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and the National Lottery Community Fund, and the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The refurbishment of the Calderstones Mansion House was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Liverpool City Council and grant funders including Garfield Weston Foundation and Tudor Trust.

This list below acknowledges some more of our current supporters.

Grant makers

Age UK Bristol – Bristol Ageing Better 

Arts Council England 

BBC Children in Need 

The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington 

City Bridge Trust 

The Community Foundation for Merseyside 

Department Digital Culture Media Sport 

E L Rathbone Charitable Trust

Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation 

Esmé Mitchell Trust 

The Evan Cornish Foundation 

Forward Arts Foundation 

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Granada Foundation 

Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS) 

The Limbourne Trust 

The National Lottery Community Fund 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund 

People’s Postcode Lottery 

The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund 

Steve Morgan Foundation 

The Tudor Trust 


Barton Moss Secure Care Centre

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council 

Cheltenham Literature Festival 

Cheshire Community Foundation  

Chester West and Chester Council  

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council 

Dorset Council 

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Hackney Council 

Haringey Council 

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service 

Hampshire Cultural Trust 

HMP Frankland 

HMP Low Newton 

HMP Swansea 

HMP Wakefield 

HMP Whitemoor 

Jewish Care 

Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group 

Liverpool City Council 

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trusts 

New Writing North 

NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group 

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

Public Health Agency 

Rotherham Metropolitan Council 

Salford CVS 

Sefton Public Health 

Sheffield Public Health 

Somerset County Council  

Suffolk Community Foundation through Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioners Fund 

Suffolk Community Foundation through Vestey Holdings 

Suffolk Community Foundation through The Hopkins Charitable Trust 

Suffolk Community Foundation through The New Anglia LEP Community Challenge Fund 

Suffolk Community Foundation through Maurken Fund 

Tower Hamlets Council 

Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wigan Clinical Commissioning Group 

Wirral Council 

Woodchurch High School

Corporate supporters

EPIC Private Equity LLP 

Whittard of Chelsea