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£15m fund for UK cultural sector launches

Projects such as venue refurbishment in north of England encouraged to apply for share of cash.

By James Drury on 04 Aug 2017

Karen Bradley Culture Sectretary

Karen Bradley, UK Culture Secretary

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Venue refurbishment projects in the north of England are being particularly encouraged to apply for a share of a £15million fund to boost the cultural sector.

Towns and cities can bid for up to £4m from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. Applicants will need to show they are increasing “opportunities for people to experience, benefit and contribute to culture and creativity”.

The aim of the fund is build “a lasting regional legacy” from the Great Exhibition of the North, which takes place in Newcastle and Gateshead next summer and will showcase the best of Northern art, design and innovation.

“The North is a cultural powerhouse, as well as an economic one.”

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “This £15 million 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.”

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said: “The North is a cultural powerhouse, as well as an economic one, and this £15 million fund will give a boost to the region’s vibrant culture and tech sectors.”

The first round of bids will be coordinated by Local Enterprise Partnerships and successful projects will be announced in March 2018.


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