Great Place Scheme Launched (England)

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Great Place Scheme Launched (England)

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England (ACE) have announced the launch of a new £15million scheme to help put culture at the heart of successful communities.

The Great Place Scheme will pilot new approaches that enable cultural, community and civic organisations to work more closely together. The aim is twofold:

  • To ensure that the considerable investment in culture made by organisations like HLF and ACE has the maximum positive impact on jobs, economic performance, educational attainment, community cohesion and health and wellbeing
  • To persuade civic organisations and local businesses to invest in and put culture at the heart of their thinking.

Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million will be available in 12 pilot locations across England and is likely to include everything from city-wide schemes to groups of rural or coastal local authority areas.

Single organisations cannot apply. Applications must come from partnerships, which are likely to include:

  • Arts and heritage organisations
  • Community/voluntary groups
  • Social enterprises
  • Businesses
  • Local authorities
  • Parish councils
  • Local economic partnerships
  • Other public sector organisations.

Potential applicants should first discuss their proposals with HLF or ACE.

The next stage is to submit an expression of interest by 6 October 2016. Online applications will be open from 1 November 2016 to 2 January 2017

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