Asset Management, Culture & Housing Cabinet Member – Minutes – 6 December 2012

28                (28) CREATIVE PEOPLE AND PLACES – The Director of Places submitted an urgent report seeking approval for funding support as a contribution to a bid to the Creative People and Places programme led by the Waterside Artists Cooperative (WAC).

The Arts Council England (ACE) wanted more people to experience and be inspired by the arts, irrespective of where they lived or their social, educational or financial circumstances.  As part of this ambition, they had created the Creative People and Places Fund.

The fund would focus on investment in parts of the country where people’s involvement in the arts was well below national average.  The aim was to increase the likelihood of participation.  Groups from North Lincolnshire could apply.

A total of £37 million was available over two funding rounds to establish around 15 Creative People and Places projects between 2012 and 2016.  Groups could apply for between £500,000 and £3 million over three years.

The council applied for the first round of funding in partnership with WAC, Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire (VANL) and Proper Job Theatre Company but were unsuccessful.  The Arts Council had encouraged a re-application.  However, their guidelines had changed and local authorities could no longer act as the lead applicant.

WAC had agreed to lead an application. The other partners would be North Lincolnshire Council, VANL and Proper Job Theatre Company.

The second round of funding opened on 19 September 2012.  The deadline for applications was 5pm on 12 December 2012.  The matter was urgent due to the need to meet the above December deadline.

Resolved – That funding support amounting to £212,300 as a contribution to a bid to the Creative People and Places programme led by the Waterside Artists Cooperative be approved.

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