The Government has launched a £20m Cultural Development Fund which aims to help local authorities embed culture in to regeneration.
Towns and cities across could benefit from the new £20 million fund for culture, heritage and creative industries, launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis.
Areas will be able to bid for up to £7 million for a number of projects in a certain area to help regeneration, create jobs and maximise the impact of investment. This could be for new spaces for creative businesses, bringing historic buildings back into use or redeveloping museums and art galleries.
The investment aims to help to grow local economies and increase access to arts, heritage and the creative industries.
Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, said: “Cultural investment can have a transformative impact on communities. Creativity, culture and heritage is what makes places special for local people and visitors alike. But it also helps attract inward investment, with businesses drawn to vibrant, exciting towns and cities.
“This fund gives more places the chance to harness the unique power of culture to regenerate communities, create jobs and boost tourism.”
Brent will be London’s Borough of Culture in 2020.