£15m fund to boost northern culture and tech

Towns and cities across northern England can bid for a share of a new £15 million fund to help build a legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley announced the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund today, as a way of building on the impact of next summer’s Great Exhibition in Newcastle and Gateshead next summer.

Set to be the biggest event in 2018, the £5 million government-funded exhibition aims to showcase the best of northern art, design and innovation.

Bradley said: “This £15 million 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.”

Jake Berry, Northern Powerhouse minister, added: “The North is a cultural powerhouse, as well as an economic one, and this £15 million fund will give a boost to the region’s vibrant culture and tech sectors.”

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.

The successful projects will be announced in March 2018.