Successful areas to split £20m Great Place Scheme fund

Lewisham's strong plans for Catford lost out to Waltham Forest and Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, in London, to embed arts and culture in communities. Image: Barnsley's historic Town Hall

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England have funded 16 pilot areas in England.

The Great Place scheme will enable cultural and heritage organisations to make a step-change in how they work together, and with other organisations in other sectors, in order that arts, culture and heritage contribute more to meeting local social and economic objectives.

Successful areas are:

  • Coventry City of Culture Trust (West Midlands) – ‘Place, heritage and diversity in a modern UK city’ - £1,489,200
  • Craven District Council (Yorkshire and the Humber) – Crossing the Watersheds – £1,340,300
  • Derbyshire County Council (East Midlands) – Vital Valley: A creative future for Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site – £1,285,800
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority (North West) – Stronger together: a culturally diverse and democratic city region – £1,489,255
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest (London) – Creative Connections – Culture for All – £1,355,600
  • Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (London) – Made In Park Royal – £1,489,200
  • Reading Borough Council (South East) – Reading-on-Thames – £558,400
  • Rural Media Charity (West Midlands) – Herefordshire’s a Great Place – £748,200
  • Sunderland Culture (North East) – Sunderland Comes of Age – £1,249,900
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority (North East) – Greater Tees – £1,332,500
  • The Creative Foundation (South East) – Pioneering Places: East Kent – £1,489,200
  • Torbay Economic Development Company Ltd (South West) – Torbay, a place to feel great – £1,191,400
  • Visit County Durham (North East) – Northern Heartlands – £1,489,200

The 16 pilot areas will now be carrying out a range of activities including:

  • exploring new ways to include arts and heritage in the provision of local education or health services;
  • research into the contribution made by arts and heritage to local economies;
  • funding for people working in arts and heritage to build networks and increase their skills;
  • exploring and piloting new ways of financing cultural organisations; 
  • encouraging the use of existing powers that allow communities to support their local culture, such as the Community Right to Bid or listing local landmarks as Assets of Community Value; and 
  • development of local strategies that maximise the community benefit that local arts and heritage can deliver.

More information on the projects can be found here and below.