Arts Council England offers £20m to improve access to the arts

Second round of Creative People and Places is to encourage collaboration between local communities and arts organisations

Arts Council England
Arts Council England

Arts Council England has opened a £20m fund that will be open to charities and voluntary organisations that work to develop arts activity and engagement.

The national arts body has launched the second round of funding in its Creative People and Places programme, which is designed to focus investment on parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average.

ACE will award grants to organisations that lead consortia, which will develop programmes of arts activity and engagement over the next three years.

A total of nearly £37m is available from the programme over two funding rounds to establish about 15 projects in England between 2012 and 2016. Seven consortia were awarded a total of £16m in the first round, and a further £20m is available in the second.

According to ACE guidance, "applications must genuinely engage communities and empower people to shape provision, deliver excellent arts experiences and involve a variety of partners". Proposals will be for between £500,000 and £3m over three years.

ACE said the investment will encourage long-term collaboration between local communities and arts organisations, museums, libraries and other partners such as local authorities and the private sector.

A full list of eligible locations is available in the guidance. The deadline for applications is 12 December.

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