Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Region calls for ideas for £15m cultural fund

Published 4th September 2017 at 8:24am

World-leading creative and innovative projects which can tap into a new £15million cultural regeneration fund are being called for by the Sheffield City Region.

The SCR’S business arm, the Local Enterprise Partnership, today put out a ‘call’ for proposals to access the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North next year.

The fund will make grants of up to £4 million for major cultural and tech projects to be included in next year’s exhibition, helping pave the way for future investment in the Northern Powerhouse.

The Great Exhibition, in Newcastle from next June to September, is set to be the biggest event in England in 2018. It will showcase world-class art, culture, design and innovation from the North.

It will demonstrate to the world how the North of England’s great art and culture, design and innovation has shaped our lives and is building the economy of tomorrow.

The Local Enterprise Partnership has been asked by the Government to co-ordinate proposals locally and the funding call kicks off a busy six weeks for organisations looking to access a share of the £15million fund.

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership said: “This fund can make a huge contribution to the cultural and creative offer of the City Region.

“We’re a region blessed with outstanding creative and cultural talent and are quite rightly recognised for the contribution this sector makes to the economy and our communities.

“But we’re also a city region that doesn’t have some of the iconic physical cultural and creative assets that other parts of the country boast – which means the talent and the opportunity that abounds here don’t always play as central a role as they could do.

“This fund can help us develop some of those assets. We’re entirely open to ideas from across the city region – and the LEP Board looks forward to considering the proposals that come forward”.

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

Organisations interested in responding to this opportunity can visit for more information.

Notes to editors

  • Proposals to the LEP will be submitted by 13th October with the LEP Board finalising its decision at its 8th November meeting. The successful proposal will then be submitted to the Government by 30th
  • The successful projects will be announced by DCMS in March 2018. A further round of funding may follow if all the available funds have not been committed.



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