Find out more about our partnerships and browse related resources
Local authorities are the biggest funders of arts and culture in England. Together we work in partnership to ensure culture is successful and sustainable. Faced by a challenging financial environment, many are responding with imaginative and innovative ideas about how they can continue their vital support for arts and culture.
The future: new speech and report
Find out more about the challenges facing local government funding for art and culture, and watch the speech from our Chair, Sir Peter BazalgetteFind out more
We work with local authorities up and down the country that share our mission to ensure that there are strong local cultural offers that make life better for people in all of our communities.
We know that the capacity for local government to support for art and culture is being challenged. Our priority is to work in partnership to sustain the local cultural infrastructure; sharing best practice to help authorities make best use of resources, or develop new business models. We will deploy our own funding in new ways which help lever in funds from elsewhere, and continue to create a better balance of spending between London and the rest of England.
On this page you can find resources that illustrate the significance and value of working in partnership at a local level. These include the latest speech from our Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette, which responds to the NLGN report: Funding Arts and Culture in a time of Austerity
Find out more and explore our related funding programmes
Explore our research and data on the impact of art and culture at a local level
Learn more about making connections with local authorities
This fund focuses on parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average
A fund placing art and culture at the heart of local economic growth, supporting creative industries and tourism
Enabling arts and culture organisations to increase their reach by working with the tourism sector.
Latest news, case studies and blog posts
Find out about the latest projects being funded
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We’re investing £1.6 million in three organisations in the latest rounds of Ambition for Excellence.