£20 million Great Place Scheme kicks off
ACE/HLF announce pilot projects for cultural investment
Details of the pilot projects of the £20 million Great Place Scheme – designed to spur cultural investment in areas which have traditionally had less participation in the arts - have just been announced.
Sixteen successful bids have been accepted, including:
Barnsley and Rotherham - £1,264,000
Funding will allow the boroughs to work with deprived communities who were hit hard by the decline in traditional industries, increasing engagement culture, tackling social issues and using heritage stories to reignite a sense of local pride and ambition.
Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft - £737,900
A ‘cultural reimagining’ of the two seaside towns will build on recent National Lottery investment, including the HLF-funded Venetian Waterways in Great Yarmouth. Funding will support the creation of a local cultural strategy, increase cultural education for children and young people to inspire a strong sense of place and local pride, and allow the local authority to attract visitors, using arts and heritage to drive economic growth.
National Lottery funding for Gloucester has improved parts of the town centre and paid for major work to the Cathedral. The City Council now has a vision to transform how historic buildings and outdoor spaces are used and viewed by local people, supporting those who live, work and play in the city to follow their cultural interests, passions and vocations. The aim is to devolve custodianship of culture from the city council to a new, diverse and active Gloucester Culture Trust.
Walthamstow - £1,355,600
National Lottery funding for projects including the William Morris Gallery, local parks and a new wetlands habitat, means the local authority wants to finish the by celebrating and deepening understanding of the unique local heritage and cultural diversity. Putting arts and heritage at the heart of regeneration schemes and supporting local skills to enhance employment will give current and future residents a better quality of life.
The 16 pilot areas will now be carrying out a range of activities, including
- exploring new ways to include arts and heritage in the provision of local education or health services;
- research into the contribution made by arts and heritage to local economies;
- funding for people working in arts and heritage to build networks and increase their skills;
- exploring and piloting new ways of financing cultural organisations;
- encouraging the use of existing powers that allow communities to support their local culture, such as theCommunity Right to Bid or listing local landmarks as Assets of Community Value; and
- development of local strategies that maximise the community benefit that local arts and heritage can deliver.
Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund Ros Kerslake said:
“The Great Place Scheme is something new and really quite radical. The aim is to bring together National Lottery investment and local ambition, to make a difference to people across entire communities. It’s a bold plan and I am looking forward to seeing some innovative and exciting results from these 16 pilot projects.”
Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley said:
“This new investment will make a big difference to people in areas where there's a genuine commitment to embed arts, culture and heritage in everyday life. The Great Place Scheme will enrich towns and cities across the country, delivering real economic and social benefits."
Twelve other projects with funding announced today are:
- Coventry City of Culture Trust(West Midlands) – ‘Place, heritage and diversity in a modern UK city’ - £1,489,200
- Craven District Council(Yorkshire and the Humber) – ‘Crossing the Watersheds’ £1,340,300
- Derbyshire County Council(East Midlands) – ‘Vital Valley: A creative future for Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site’ - £1,285,800
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority(North West) - Stronger together: a culturally diverse and democratic city region - £1,489,255
- Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation(London) – ‘Made In Park Royal’ - £1,489,200
- Reading Borough Council(South East) – ‘Reading-on-Thames’ - £558,400
- Rural Media Charity(West Midlands) – ‘Herefordshire's a Great Place’ - £748,200
- Sunderland Culture(North East) – ‘Sunderland Comes of Age’ - £1,249,900
- Tees Valley Combined Authority(North East) – ‘Greater Tees’ - £1,332,500
- The Creative Foundation(South East) – ‘Pioneering Places: East Kent’ - £1,489,200
- Torbay Economic Development Company Ltd(South West) – ‘Torbay, a place to feel great’ - £1,191,400
- Visit County Durham(North East) – ‘Northern Heartlands’ - £1,489,200
The Great Place Scheme, is initially being piloted in 16 locations across England. HLF expects to open the Scheme in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during 2017.
Funding comes from HLF and Arts Council England, each of which are contributing £10m for projects lasting up to three years. The scheme aims to ensure that the considerable investment in culture made by organisations like the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England has the maximum positive impact on jobs, economic performance, educational attainment, community cohesion and health and wellbeing; and to enable ambitious civic organisations and local businesses and communities to invest in and put culture at the heart of their thinking.