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Introduce a new cultural development fund to turn around communities

We will introduce a new cultural development fund to use cultural investment to turn around communities

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This pledge is part of the broader manifesto commitment to build prosperous communities and to close the gap between London and other cities in the UK, something the government sees as “the biggest prize in Britain today”. There are several policies aimed at boosting arts and culture outside the capital (see “Related policies” below), and it is in that context that this proposed Cultural Development Fund arises.

The hope is that the fund will give areas outside London “the opportunity to invest in creative, cultural and heritage activities that lead to economic growth and productivity”.

Announced as part of the Creative Industries Sector Deal, the government launched the Cultural Development Fund on 21 June 2018. There was a two-stage application process for funding, which finished on 19 October 2018 and was open to towns and cities outside of London.

On 18 January 2019, it was announced that the winning bids had come from Grimsby, Thames Estuary, Plymouth, Wakefield and Worcester. Those areas will be sharing £20 million of funding between them.

The Cultural Development Fund has been established and funding has now been allocated to specific projects. We’re marking this one as ‘done’.

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