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Second round of Creative people and places grants announced

  • Date: 9 May 2013
  • Area: National

Arts Council England has awarded just over £18 million funding to 11 arts consortia in the second round of our Creative people and places programme, empowering communities to shape local arts provision.

The successful applicants

Eleven arts consortia, led by the following organisations, will be awarded grants over a three year period:

  • Peterborough Culture and Leisure, East, £725,046
  • Watermans, London, £929,079
  • Creswell Heritage Trust, East Midlands, £1,500,000
  • Groundwork, Corby, North Northamptonshire, East Midlands, £1,000,000
  • Black Country Together CIC, West Midlands, £2,000,000
  • Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, North East, £1,500,000
  • University of Sunderland, North East, £2,000,000
  • Canal & River Trust, North West, £1,984,722
  • Saints Community Development Foundation, North West, £1,500,000
  • Artslink, Hull, Yorkshire, £3,000,000
  • Lawrence Batley Theatre, Yorkshire, £2,000,000

For more information about the funded projects, visit our successful applicants webpage.

The funded consortia include arts organisations, museums, libraries, local authorities and commercial organisations working in collaboration with the local community, grass roots organisations and the amateur sector.

Empowering communities to shape local provision

Creative people and places targets areas of England where people's engagement in the arts is significantly lower than the national average, and aims to increase their engagement by supporting communities and grass roots organisations to play a leading role in inspiring others to get involved in the arts.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: 'Creative people and places is a completely unique fund, and is one of the first times that arts and cultural organisations and local authorities have handed over arts provision to their communities, and let them commission and put on what they want to see.

'It's inspiring to see so many ambitious applications coming through - many more than we have been able to fund - but we should be reassured that this means that the sector is open to experimenting with and trialling new ways to engage people in the arts.'

Find out more about Creative people and places

We have awarded just over £34 million of National Lottery money through the programme so far, across two rounds of funding. Find out more about the 18 funded projects.

Just over £2 million funding is yet to be allocated to further projects in the East and South East. More information about how organisations can apply for this funding will be announced in Autumn 2013.

Find out more about Creative people and places