Our Investment Plan

Read all about our plan for regional investment from our Cultural Life Fund.

Posted: July 30th, 2018

Sustaining cultural education in the East Midlands

We are publishing our Investment Plan, so our goals and ambitions for regional investment can be shared by our partners.


Our goal is for significantly improved collaborative practice to sustain cultural education. We will support partnerships to:

  • Collaborate across sectors
  • Take data-driven action
  • Engage partners and community
  • Lead fundraising and development
  • In addition to training, mutually beneficial partnerships will be brokered between Local Cultural Education Partnerships will similar profiles and priorities nationally. Furthermore, two Peer Learning Groups will be established to support continuous improvement; one strategic and one operational. The regional Peer Learning Network will continue to be connected through the Cultural Education Partnership E-News and through knowledge exchange activity online and at events.
  • Partnerships will be supported to find efficiencies across the partnership in functions such as data and analytics, marketing and fundraising.
  • We will target investment. The East Midlands has 26% regional distribution of social mobility ‘cold spots’ (bottom 20% indicating the worst places for young people from poorer backgrounds to succeed). This is an increasing problem in coastal areas and industrial towns with many of these areas performing badly on both educational measures and adulthood outcomes.
  • Cultural Education Partnerships will have access to a suite of support services and online products, and will be supported to access partnership investment, as appropriate.
  • We are interested in investing in projects that tackle our identified priorities. We will work in partnership with Arts Connect to improve cultural education through virtual schools, and in partnership with the national Bridge network and negotiate national investment. Overall, we will establish an investment portfolio of nationally significant partnerships who deliver more, better and sustainable cultural education, with substance and at scale.

Quality Assurance

As appropriate, a collaboration progress checker will be used to monitor how partnerships are built and how they evolve.

Collaboration Continuum, adapted from Innoweave


This will be simplified to reflect the development outline by ACE:


  • A set of sustainable partnership benchmarks will be used to monitor and evaluate partnerships, support relationship management and partnership development. Overall, the benchmarks will be used to monitor partnership efficiency and productivity, support the development of sustainable partnerships and demonstrate tangible outcomes for children and young people.

Please read the full plan here.


[Photo Credit: Artsmark School: Cantrell Primary | Carnival Day 2017, Photographer: Reel Monkey Productions]



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