Cultural Life Fund

Supporting Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge The Cultural Life Fund is a four-year £860k investment programme designed to address the long-standing inequality in children and young people’s access to a high- quality cultural education in the East Midlands.

The Cultural Life Fund is intended to support 5 key outcomes:

  • Arts and culturally engaged schools and education settings
  • Arts and culturally engaged children and young people
  • Quality, demand-led arts and cultural education provision
  • Effective partnerships
  • Increased investment


The fund is looking to invest a minimum of £25,000 in collaborative partnerships that are seeking to address this inequality in the following places:

  • Amber Vally
  • Bassetlaw
  • Bolsover
  • Chesterfield
  • Corby
  • Derby
  • Kettering
  • Leicester
  • Mansfield and Ashfield
  • Newark and Sherwood
  • North East Derbyshire
  • North West Derbyshire
  • North West Leicestershire
  • Nottingham
  • Skegness, Boston and South Holland
  • South Derbyshire
  • Wellingborough
  • West Lindsey


Applications to the Cultural Life Fund must demonstrate:

  • How they will enable schools and cultural organisations to work together in one or more locations to tackle inequality of access to a high quality cultural education
  • An actual cash match for the amount requested
  • An ability and willingness to evaluate the impact of cultural education (e.g. using relevant indicators such as Artsmark and Arts Award)
  • An ability and willingness to work in partnership by collaborating with or aligning to an existing Cultural Education Partnership

At present, there are Cultural Education Partnerships working in: Amber Valley & Bolsover, Chesterfield, Corby, Derby, Leicester/shire, Mansfield and Ashfield, Nottingham and Skegness, Boston and South Holland. If your application is not based in one of these locations, this should not get in the way of you pursuing this opportunity. The Mighty Creatives could support you in either establishing or aligning to an existing partnership.

How they will enable schools and cultural organisations to work together in one or more locations to tackle inequality of access to a high quality cultural education
  • An actual cash match for the amount requested
  • An ability and willingness to evaluate the impact of cultural education (e.g. using relevant indicators such as Artsmark and Arts Award)
  • An ability and willingness to work in partnership by collaborating with or aligning to an existing Cultural Education Partnership

Investment rounds are scheduled for spring and autumn 2018, 2019 and 2020. The first round will open on 1 April 2018 and close at midnight on Monday 30 April 2018. Completed applications are to be submitted to Emily Bowman, Deputy CEO.


What next?

  1. Please download and read our Open Call, FAQs and Application Form.
  2. It may be also be helpful to read about Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge
  3. Before applying a member of the partnership must have attended an investment briefing and discussed the proposed activity with Emily Bowman, Deputy CEO.
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