Government announces £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund 7/9/2017

The government is creating a £15m fund for cultural, digital and infrastructure regeneration of cities in the North. The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund will be administered by DCMS and will offer individual grants up to £4m to build on the momentum created by the 2018 Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle-Gateshead. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said “this 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”. Projects must fulfill at least one of six criteria, three of which relate directly to culture:

  • Increased opportunities for people, including children and the young to be inspired by culture and creativity.
  • More resilient and sustainable cultural and creative organisations.
  • Innovative partnerships between the cultural sector and other sectors, especially digital.

The first round of bids will be co-ordinated by Local Enterprise Partnerships, with a deadline of 30th November. Successful projects will be announced in March 2018. Gov.uk, ALVA, M + H