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£15m cultural regeneration fund for the North

£15m cultural regeneration fund for the North

The government has announced the details of a new £15m cultural fund to help towns and cities build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North.

The exhibition will be held in Newcastle and Gateshead next summer and the new Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund will be available to towns and cities across the region to invest in cultural projects, such as renovating live venues and building start-up centres. The first round of bids will be coordinated by local enterprise partnerships in a variety of areas throughout the North including, the Humber, Sheffield City Region, York and North Yorkshire and East Riding.

The fund is looking to support projects that make demonstrable, lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces and benefit areas that have historically had low levels of cultural and creative investment. The successful projects will be announced in March 2018 and the Government said a further round of funding may follow if all the available funds have not been committed.

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