Seven projects focusing on improving the accessibility of theatres have been awarded a total of more than £100,000 by the Theatres Trust Theatre Improvement Scheme, in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation.
Five areas will share £20 million, the first government investment of its kind, from the Cultural Development Fund to increase access to arts, heritage and the creative industries, while boosting the local economy by attracting more visitors to each area and supporting the growth of new businesses.
Grimsby, Thames Estuary, Plymouth, Wakefield and Worcester will receive the funding to invest in culture, supporting economic growth and creating more than 1,300 new jobs across the country, as part of the Creative Industries Sector Deal.
The Mayor of London has launched the Culture Seeds programme in which will provide grants of between £1,000–£5,000 supporting community-led cultural projects in every London borough. Culture Seeds will support small or informal organisations and groups as well as individuals.
The grants are for funding arts, culture and heritage projects and activities. This includes:
Arts Council England has launched 'Transforming Leadership', a £6 million fund for up-skilling arts and cultural leaders to support the continued growth, diversity and long-term sustainability of the sector.
Leadership development providers can apply for grants between £150,000–£1 million to deliver a range of programmes (which can include skills and learning from other sectors) intended to reach over 500 leaders at all stages of their careers and make a significant impact on the sector.
Funding awarded to MIF by Jerwood Arts will provide mentoring fellowships for six Manchester-based creatives.
Six Greater Manchester-based artists have been selected for an opportunity to learn from some of the best artists and practitioners in the world in a scheme launched by Manchester International Festival. The chosen artists, who are within the first ten years of their creative practice, reflect the rich diversity of the festival programme with work spanning poetry, film, music, theatre, technology and visual art.
The Midlands, home to over 10 million people, is a major focus for the Government through the Midlands Engine - a coalition of councils, local enterprise partnerships, universities and businesses working with Government to build on innovation, investment and international trade, increase business skills, and continue to make the Midlands a great place to live.
Sheffield-based social enterprise Key Fund has been chosen to distribute £3 million to creative and cultural organisations across the North of England.
The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund was launched as part of 2018's Great Exhibition of the North legacy. The fund will provide grants or loans up to £150,000 for organisations that provide "meaningful social impact" on their communities.
2018 is the 25th anniversary of Studio Wayne McGregor!
To celebrate, we want to give 15,000 hours of space to artists through our FreeSpace programme, helping them to share their time and skills with others.
Creative Industries Minister Margot James has confirmed an extra £1 million of funding for the creative industries, to a total of £5 million, to promote the "best of British" abroad. The funding boost will support UK businesses attending the Shanghai International Advertising Festival, a new China-UK film exchange to help increase co-productions between the countries, and support an increased British presence at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Festivals have formed and will finance the PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) programme, intended to increase the reach of the renowned annual festivals' work. They have committed £15 million across the next five years. PLACE will be supported and administered by Creative Scotland.
Projects announced to recieve money from the first three years of funding (£5.8 million) are: