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Funding for Areas Least Engaged in Arts and Culture (England)

The Arts Council of England has launched the 2nd funding round of the Creative People and Places Fund.  Through the programme the Arts Council is allocating at least £39 million between 2020-24 to places identified as the 'least engaged' in arts and culture across England, according to the Active Lives survey November 2015 to May 2017. 

A link to eligible areas is at the bottom of this page.

Projects eligible to apply must be led by consortia of organisations and must include community groups and/or grass-roots organisations as well as cultural organisations such as museums, libraries or arts organisations. Other partners might include clubs, housing associations, private-sector organisations or universities. 

Existing Creative People and Places cannot apply to this fund for additional activity in their current area. However, they can apply for an expansion to cover one of the new eligible areas.

Between £1,000,000 and £2,000,000 is available over four years for new programmes which are not part of an existing Creative People and Places expansion programme.  Grants of between £750,000 and £1,750,000 over four years for places are available areas covered by a current Creative People and Places expansion.

Matched funding of at least 25% need to be provided by the applicant.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on the 26th March 2020. 


Useful Links:

Eligible Areas

Guidance for Applicants

Previous Projects Funded


16th January 2020