ACE’s £38.3m for local culture

Arts Council England has today announced grants worth £38.3m for the programme that makes partners of cultural organisations and communities.

Funded by the National Lottery schemes include Culture in Common in the New Forest; the Staffordshire Moorlands programme Outside; which will deliver activities rooted in local life and will encourage learning about how to boost arts and culture within rural settings; and Down to Earth in Wigan (pictured), all grassroots projects that encourage out of doors creativity.

This round of funding covers the next three years and 39 projects, 11 of which are new, in 56 local authority areas. It takes the total investment rising to £108m since inception of the programme in 2012 up to 2025.   

“These projects change villages, towns and cities for the better, helping people to lead happier, healthier lives” said ACE’s CEO Darren Henley.  “Our new investment means more people in more places across England will benefit from that magical spark of possibility, innovation and invention that only happens when culture and creativity becomes part of their daily lives.”  

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