Government fund for Northern culture projects

£15 million for ‘legacy’ projects, says Bradley

Details of the government’s £15 million fund to promote cultural regeneration in the North of England have been announced.

The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund is designed to build a lasting regional legacy from The Great Exhibition of the North, which takes place in Newcastle/Gateshead in 2018.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley said the fund “is a fantastic chance for towns and cities to develop inspirational projects that could have a transformative local effect – particularly in communities that have seen less cultural or creative investment in the past,”

The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund will make grants of up to £4m to support major culture and tech capital projects. These could range from new tech start-up centres to the renovation of live music venues and should increase opportunities for people to experience, benefit and contribute to culture and creativity.

The first round of bids will be coordinated by Local Enterprise Partnerships in Cheshire and Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Humber, Lancashire, Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, North East, Sheffield City Region, Tees Valley, York and North Yorkshire and East Riding.

The deadline for LEPs to submit bids is 30 November 2017 and the successful projects will be announced in March 2018 with a further round of funding following if all the available funds have not been committed.


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