The Creative local growth fund recognises how arts and culture can contribute to local economic growth and will support arts and cultural organisations to contribute to local economic growth by helping fund activity to support the creative industries, tourism and a stronger cultural sector by levering in EU Structural and Investment Funds from Local Enterprise Partnerships.
The fund seeks to put arts and culture at the heart of growth plans by: securing long term partnership between LEPs, the Arts Council and other local partners to support the cultural sector; helping to leverage European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) - particularly European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - investment within the LEP area into the cultural sector; and investing in new approaches to achieve these objectives, while at the same time developing learning that can inform policy and practice.
In order to ensure the greatest impact on economic benefit for arts, culture and the creative industries in England, this fund is focused on LEP areas outside of London. This does not exclude organisations based in London from being part of partnerships delivering the activity described in applications, although the benefit must accrue outside the capital.
The geographical focus is designed to support the Arts Council's intent that a minimum of 75 per cent of National Lottery funding is committed outside of London. The expectation is that 100 per cent of this fund will be committed outside of London.
Applicants can apply for between £150,000 (minimum) and £500,000 (maximum). This is to serve as match for funding, possibly for ESIFs. There is a particular reference to the ERDF, although this funding may also act as match funding for other ESIFs. The Arts Council grant cannot be the only source of match funding for funded activity.
Each application must be collaborative, for example, with one or more arts and/or cultural organisation working with LEPs and, potentially, other public sector bodies such as local authorities, further education colleges or universities. The lead applicant, as the accountable body, must be properly constituted