Cultural Life Fund

Supporting Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge The Cultural Life Fund is a four-year £862k 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 a fixed term investment, not a grant or revenue source. It runs between 2018-2022. It is designed to support Cultural Education Partnerships to establish, grow and become sustainable.

The fund is looking to invest a minimum of £25,000 in partnerships that are working in Arts Council England priority places:

  • Amber Valley
  • 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:

  • Applicants must either be a Cultural Education Partnership, working towards becoming a Cultural Education Partnership or an exceptional, strategic partnership which is aligned with Cultural Education Partnership priorities
  • An actual cash match for the amount requested
  • How they will contribute to Arts Council England’s Goal 5 priorities; Artsmark, Arts Award and Digital
  • How they will contribute to local socio-economic priorities
  • An ability and willingness to evaluate the impact of cultural education
  • How the partnership will deliver against TMC’s Partnership Investment Plan

Any applicant to the Cultural Life Fund must have attended an investment briefing and had a pre-application conversation with our Deputy CEO, Emily Bowman.

For more information including the full application criteria and how to apply, please see the following:

Application Documentation:

Application Form.

The fund is now open. Please contact Deputy CEO, Emily Bowman to discuss your ideas before applying. The fund will close to applications on Friday 28th September.

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