The Cultural Development Fund is open to towns and cities outside of London who have a strategic vision for their development and can demonstrate both cultural maturity and commitment to culture-led growth but need investment to accelerate and broaden their vision. The aim is to support towns and cities to develop transformative culture-led economic growth and productivity strategies by using culture and creative activity to:
- Unlock economic growth and productivity
- Make places attractive to live in, work and visit
- Strengthen local leadership in culture and/or the creative industries
- Enhance creative skills
Applications from a partnership for the area, led by a Local Authority, Local Enterprise Partnership, or other appropriate body, who would lead a consortium of partners from both the public and private sector are invited to register an interest in the first instance. At least one partner organisation is expected to be from the cultural, heritage or commercial creative industries, depending on who is most appropriate to meet the aims and objectives of the proposed activity.
Bids for up to £7 million for a number of projects in a certain area to help regeneration, create jobs and maximise the impact of investment will be accepted. Bids could cover, for example, new spaces for creative businesses, bringing historic buildings back into use or redeveloping museums and art galleries. The investment will help to grow local economies and increase access to arts, heritage and the creative industries.
The fund will support a range of activities, including but not limited to: resource investment in programmes, events and activities for culture and the creative industries; resource investment in upskilling local cultural and creative industries leaders; capital investment in physical space for culture, heritage, and the creative industries; and capital and resource investment in new creative skills development programmes and materials.
One formally constituted organisation with a registered address in England must act as the lead and submit the application.
The deadline to register is 4pm on the 1st August 2018; and the closing date for applications will be 12pm on the 15th August 2018.