No Min - £700,000
15 Oct 2021


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Arts Council England: Cultural Development Fund

The aim of the fund is to level up through investment in culture. The fund will unlock local growth and productivity, promote economic and social recovery from the impact of Covid-19, and regenerate communities through capital investment in transformative place-based creative and cultural initiatives.

It will support places to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Unlock local economic growth and productivity
  • Become more attractive places in which to live, work, visit and invest
  • Strengthen local leadership, partnerships and capability

Funding activity

Capital investment in transformative place-based creative and cultural initiatives.

About the fund

The Cultural Development Fund is a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) fund administered by Arts Council England. We will be responsible for providing pre-application advice, assessment of applications, and the payment and monitoring of grants. All decisions on successful applicants will be made by the Secretary of State for DCMS.

Grant range

Between £2 million and £5 million.

Applicants can apply for capital (asset) activity with a limited proportion of resource activity (project activity).

Applicants can apply for a maximum of £700,000 for supporting resource activity within their total budget.


Local partnerships led by a local authority, Local Enterprise Partnership, or other appropriate body. Open to any area across England outside of London. Places that have a strategic vision for their development and can demonstrate both cultural maturity and commitment to culture-led growth but need investment in physical and/or digital infrastructure or other assets to accelerate and maximise their impact.

For the full eligibility criteria, read the full guidance document.