North West towns and cities could bid for a share of a new £15 million cultural funding pot for the North.
The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund has been announced by the government and will make grants of up to £4m available to support major culture and tech capital projects.
The initiative, launched by culture secretary Karen Bradley, aims to help build a lasting regional legacy from the £5m Great Exhibition of the North event, which will showcase the best of northern art, design and innovation in Gateshead and Newcastle in 2018.
Projects to receive funding could include the opening of a new tech start-up centre or the renovation of a live music venue.
Karen Bradley says: “This £15m fund is a fantastic chance for towns and cities to develop inspirational projects that could have a transformative local effect – particularly in communities that have seen less cultural or creative investment in the past.
“We want as many people as possible to benefit from the Great Exhibition of the North, and this fund will boost the Northern Powerhouse and help build a lasting legacy across the whole region.”
The first round of bids will be coordinated by Local Enterprise Partnerships in Cheshire and Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Humber, Lancashire, Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, North East, Sheffield City Region, Tees Valley, York and North Yorkshire and East Riding.
Successful projects will be announced in March 2018, and a further round of funding may follow if all available funding hasn’t been committed.