Just over £36 million of funding has been invested through the Creative people and places programme so far, across three rounds of funding. Find out more about the 21 funded projects in each round:

Round three

Grant recipient: Rifco Arts leading for Slough
Grant offer: £625,000
Rifco Arts will develop a consortium who will produce diverse, dynamic and distinctive artistic approaches, opportunities and experiences to excite, entertain and enable participation and engagement in the arts in Slough. Partners include YES Your Engagement Slough, Creative Junction CIC, Aik Saath, Resource Productions, SWIPE and Slough Borough Council.

Grant recipient: Luton Culture for Luton
Grant offer: £686,531
Bring Me Sunshine is a springboard for Luton to develop into a dynamic and diverse town with exceptional creativity and innovation. Creative Community Forums will be recruited through Luton's well-established Neighbourhood Governance Networks alongside artists and creative producers. With the support of Creative Leaders and Creative Hub made up of artists and creative industries. And drawing on best practice from Critical Friends. These networks will introduce inspirational activity across artforms and challenge preconceptions about what the arts can be.

Grant recipient: Arts Development East Cambridge for Fenland
Grant offer: £964,218
Market Place will connect seven market towns across Forest Heath and Fenland through the development of a strong, confident and ambitious arts community. Community groups, cultural leaders and artists will form Market Place Traders groups in each town to develop ambitious programmes across the voluntary, professional and commercial sectors. Local leaders will feed into a national dialogue around 'missing markets' and ways to change the arts ecology in places with limited arts infrastructure.

Round two


Grant recipient: Peterborough Culture and Leisure
Other consortium members: Creative Peterborough, Metal, Young Lives, Step Up, Voluntary Arts England and Vivacity

Grant offer (over three years): £725,046

Places: Peterborough

This consortium of organisations will develop Connection Culture, a new programme which is designed to invigorate arts and cultural life in Peterborough. It will seek to increase levels of engagement in the arts and improve the quality and diversity on offer to the community.


Grant recipient: Watermans
Other consortium members: Feltham Arts Association, Hounslow Music Service, Hounslow Community Network, TW4 Community Development Trust, John Laing Integrated Services and LB Hounslow 

Grant offer (over three years): £929,079

Places: Hounslow

Watermans will lead a consortium of seven Hounslow organisations, including a key community arts organisation, a community network, the local art service provider, Hounslow Music Service and the local authority. Their 10-year vision aims to build a confident, colourful and creative borough focused on the development of four town centres under the theme 'Hounslow coming together'. Funding will support a group of artistic partners to come together and address issues affecting engagement across the borough based in these four hub locations.

East Midlands

Grant recipient: Creswell Heritage Trust
Other consortium members: The Prince's Trust, Junction Arts, City Arts (Nottingham), and community representatives from the Bolsover Partnership and NAVO

Grant offer (over three years): £1,500,000

Places: Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire

14,000 years ago the only Ice Age rock art in Britain was inscribed onto the surfaces of the caves at Creswell Crags. These ancient links between people, art and landscape will be ignited once again in this exciting project which brings together artists and communities across Bolsover, Mansfield, Ashfield and North East Derbyshire in a creative exploration of the distinctive landscape and stories which have shaped the areas, industrial, social and cultural life.

Grant recipient: Groundwork, Corby, North Northamptonshire
Other consortium members:
Corby Cube Theatre Trust, Corby Community Arts, Corby Unity, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

Grant offer (over three years): £1,000,000

Places: Corby

Made in Corby is an exciting and ambitious programme that recognises and draws inspiration from the identity and reputation of Corby as a making place. It will ensure that more local people than ever before will see, experience, create and take part in high quality arts activities on every estate and in every village. All decisions will be made through a real and genuine partnership between Corby's communities, artists, and arts and voluntary organisations.  Activities will be ambitious, aiming to bring the best local, national and international artists to make work with, for and in Corby's communities. All activities will invest in Corby, its people and its skills - making Corby, and all its communities, stronger, more creative and more confident in the future.

West Midlands

Grant recipient: Black Country Together CIC
Other consortium members: Black Country Councils of Voluntary Service (CVS), Multi-story and Black Country Touring 

Grant offer (over three years): £2,000,000

Places: Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton

Black Country Together will take art to local communities via a range of activities, festivals and events, including large scale, participatory outdoor events; caravans and circus performers popping up in local spaces; and a wide range of opportunities for people to work with the best photographers, artists, film-makers and arts practitioners from the region and beyond.

All of this will attract new audiences and provide opportunities for local people to participate and to develop their own creative ideas and networks and make their own decisions about who they want to work with. At the same time they'll be developing audiences for the great arts organisations in the area.

North East

Grant recipient: Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Other consortium members: East Durham Trust and Forma Arts and Media 

Grant offer (over three years): £1,500,000

Places: County Durham

In collaboration with the local community, the consortium will develop an ambitious three-year project bringing internationally renowned artists to work in East Durham, as part of a programme directed by local people that will include festivals, exhibitions and events. The goal of the project is to produce great art that is valued and appreciated by those living and working in East Durham.

Grant recipient: University Of Sunderland
Other consortium members: Customs House and the Music and Culture Trust 

Grant offer (over three years): £2,000,000

Places: South Tyneside and Sunderland

'The Cultural Spring' will see communities in Sunderland and South Tyneside working with local, national and international artists and producers on a series of transformational arts events. Highlights will include empty homes being transformed into art galleries, large scale commissions with organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and local mentoring from Sunderland's home-grown music scene.

North West

Grant recipient: Canal & River Trust
Other consortium members: Groundwork Pennine Lancashire Trust, APPL (Arts Partners in Pennine Lancashire) and Barnfield Construction Limited 

Grant offer (over three years): £1,984,722

Places: Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle

This project in Pennine Lancashire will deliver innovative world-class arts on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and adjacent waterways, through ambitious community collaborations and inspired by waterside communities responding to local and global themes. Artists and communities will engage in critical debate and local conversations, experimental arts projects, extraordinary events and international exchanges. They will re-awaken the cultural potential of the canals in Pennine Lancashire, exploring historic and contemporary links with waterside communities in countries such as Pakistan, India, Ireland and the Netherlands. In this video, local people talk about what the project means to them.

Grant recipient: Saints Community Development Foundation
Other consortium members: Helena Partnerships, FACT (Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology), St Helens Council and St Helens Arts Partnership 

Grant offer (over three years): £1,500,000

Places: St Helens

The Heart of Glass will use the arts to celebrate what is distinct about St Helens and will build on the success of Dream, the Big Art commission by Jaume Plensa. The project will use Rugby League and glass - two strong cultural identities of the town - as starting points to create new arts experiences to engage the public and inspire people to take part. For example, the project will engage Rugby League fans and families in the commissioning of an arts programme through a network of 50,000 people involved in Saints Community Development Foundation projects. There will also be a programme of arts activity and events in the town centre and neighbouring locations, which will enable local people who live in the town centre or congregate in the town centre to commission exciting and innovative work that will attract other St Helens residents to take part in the arts.


Grant recipient: Artlink, Hull
Other consortium members: Hull Truck Theatre, Volcom, Kingston upon Hull City Council, and Hull and East Yorkshire Community Foundation

Grant offer (over three years): £3,000,000

Places: Kingston upon Hull

The consortium will deliver a programme of work called 'Roots and Wings'. Three exciting commissioning strands, Producing City, Discovery Programme and Made in Hull: Celebrations, will draw inspiration from Hull's rich cultural and social histories, and be driven by existing and emerging creative talent in the city.

Grant recipient: Lawrence Batley Theatre
Other consortium members: We Do (formerly Open Art), Batley Festival Group and Kirklees Council 

Grant offer (over three years): £2,000,000

Places: Kirklees

The consortium aims to create a vibrant, self-sustaining cultural scene in the North Kirklees area. The programme will deliver hundreds of arts and cultural events over a three year period and attract thousands of attendees 

Round one

East Midlands

Grant recipient: artsNK
Other consortium members: South Lincs CVS, Lincolnshire Artists Forum

Grant offer (over three years): £2,592,183

Places: Boston and South Holland

Transported will develop inventive ways of getting people involved in the arts where they live, meet and work, providing inspirational experiences and empowering local people to take the lead in shaping their own arts provision. The innovative programme covers Boston and South Holland in Lincolnshire, bringing together partnerships of community groups, haulage companies, employers and artists to ensure that every village, estate and community has access to high quality arts.

As part of the project lorries and vans will be transformed into flexible artwork and arts spaces, touring to local festivals, schools, workplaces, towns and villages, providing opportunities for people to get involved with art on their doorstep. 


Grant recipient: Studio 3 Arts
Other consortium members: Arc Theatre, A New Direction, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Christ Church Thames View

Grant offer (over three years): £838,500

Places: Barking and Dagenham

Studio 3 Arts' project, The Market, builds on the consortium's deep knowledge of the borough's various communities and involves a series of nine commissions of varying scales from local, national and international artists. By facilitating dialogue between communities and commissioned artists, the project will enable a constant flow of ideas and creativity between residents and artists, based on an exchange of teaching and learning.

North East

Grant recipient: Woodhorn Charitable Trust
Other consortium members: Queens Hall Arts, Northumberland College, NHS North of Tyne, Northumberland County Council, Connect4Change

Grant offer (over three years): £2,461,400

Places: Wansbeck and Blyth Valley

Woodhorn Charitable Trust had led a consortium bid to bring arts provision to South East Northumberland. Stage and screen writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters) is the artistic sponsor for the project, inspired by the real life Pitmen Painters, the 'Ashington Group' of miners who produced world class paintings, and whose main collection is now exhibited at Woodhorn. The programme proposed by the consortium will seek to bring new and engaging art to the area, working with the local community and national and international artists, after an initial public consultation on what South East Northumberland considers to be 'great art'. 

North West

Grant recipient: Blackpool Coastal Housing Ltd
Other consortium members: Grand Theatre, Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd, Blackpool Council, Wyre Borough Council

Grant offer (over three years): £3,000,000

Places: Blackpool and Wyre

Blackpool and Wyre Consortium (made up of Blackpool Coastal Housing, Merlin Entertainments Limited, Blackpool Council, Wyre Borough Council, and the Grand Theatre, Blackpool) will deliver transformative experiences for the people of Blackpool and Wyre. Building on Blackpool's identity and entertainment heritage, Playground of Wonders, Daring Delights will enable people to experience high quality arts events and activities. As well as addressing inequalities in cultural participation, the programme will enable local arts organisations to become more sustainable - creating magical experiences for audiences and supporting the visitor economy.

South East

Grant recipient: Swale and Medway Consortium
Other consortium members: LV21, Leysdown Rose tinted, Swale CVS, Medway Voice, Kent Architecture Centre, Creek Creative, Fellow Creative, Swale Borough Council, Medway Council, Kent County Council

Grant offer (over three years): £1,476,000

Places: Swale and Medway

Ideas Test is a propagator for creativity, supporting the conditions for the seeds of invention and imagination to grow in Swale & Medway. By working with local communities and making links between organisations and people, we are investing in their ability to inspire a greater appetite for the arts. We're getting things done together to create a sustainable future.

Working in partnership with local people we will drive research and act as a conduit through which new models and approaches for engagement with the arts can be developed and tested, through creative experiments.

West Midlands

Grant recipient: Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire Theatre Trust Limited
Other consortium members: New Vic Theatre, Partners in Creative Learning, B Arts, Staffordshire University, Brighter Futures

Grant offer (over three years): £2,999,431

Places: Stoke-on-Trent

APPETITE is a 10-year vision to whet Stoke-on-Trent's appetite for the arts. Using a food metaphor the consortium including arts and community organisations and Staffordshire University will aim to deliver 'an expanding menu of cultural sustenance to people in Stoke-on-Trent'. It will include a travelling tea room with a programme of participatory action research that will run alongside an initial taster menu of arts opportunities. This will enable local people to identify where their tastes lie. It will be a journey to engage communities across Stoke-on-Trent to be empowered to take an active role in commissioning artistic activity for the city. 


Grant recipient: Doncaster Community Arts (DARTS)
Other consortium members: Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust on behalf of Doncaster Performance Venue, Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network (DVAN)

Grant offer (over three years): £2,570,924

Places: Doncaster

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) led the bidding process on behalf of a small consortium with Doncaster's brand new Performance Venue and Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network. The consortium will develop iconic and experimental 'Arts Bases' in five communities with activity being led by community champions and 'Arts Supporters'. A central professional Arts Base (a partnership of current arts providers) will programme new work informed by and responding to community opinions. Arts activities will be woven into the rhythms of weekly routines from the intimate and every day, to spectacular once in a lifetime events. Community members and artists will now have the chance to explore and experiment, to create and commission relevant and innovative work.