Art and culture: Creative Local Growth Fund
The fund seeks to put arts and culture at the heart of growth plans by: securing long term partnership between LEPs, the Arts Council and other local partners to support the cultural sector; helping to leverage European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) - particularly European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - investment within the LEP area into the cultural sector; and investing in new approaches to achieve these objectives, while at the same time developing learning that can inform policy and practice.
This fund is applicable to LEP areas outside of London. This does not exclude organisations based in London from being part of partnerships delivering the activity described in applications, although the benefit must accrue outside the capital.
The geographical focus is designed to support the Arts Council's intent that a minimum of 75 per cent of National Lottery funding is committed outside of London.
Each application must be collaborative, for example, with one or more arts and/or cultural organisation working with LEPs and, potentially, other public sector bodies such as local authorities, further education colleges or universities. The lead applicant, as the accountable body, must be properly constituted.
There is an useful Q&A on the Arts Council website which explains how the fund will be used as match funding for the ESIF.