Liverpool's Art and Culture Investment Programme 2009

Performers from World in One City

Liverpool's Art and Culture Investment Programme 2009 

Following the success of Liverpool's tenure as European Capital of Culture 2008, the City Council has re-iterated its wholehearted, ongoing commitment to arts and culture in the city. The focus of the Arts and Culture Investment Strategy for 2009/10 and 2010/11 however is to consolidate the growth of the past five years and not to focus on expansion.

We would therefore please ask that grant applications from existing regularly funded organisations do not exceed 08/09 funding award levels.
This year's funding programme has three strands which are detailed below.

Please be aware that as you can only submit one application, you should consider carefully which category is the best fit for your organisation.

This might help you decide.

Cultural Drivers
Can you answer yes to the following questions:

1. Do you consider yourselves to be a major cultural organisation with a year long programme of public facing performance and exhibitions?
2. Do you have a year long active participation programme engaging the wider community of the city?
3. Have you received significant funding from Liverpool Culture Company and/or Arts Council North West over the past five years?

If you can, then you are probably eligible to apply for funding in the Cultural Drivers category, with the minimum likely funding amount around £50,000.

Cultural Contributors
The majority of the city's arts and cultural organisations will probably apply for funding in the Cultural Contributors category. There are three sections to this:

1. Festivals (up to £75,000 per annum)
2. Young People and Communities (up to £30,000 per annum) 
3. Innovation (up to £30,000 per annum) 

The minimum likely funding amount in this category is around £15,000.

Grass Roots Innovators
This category is open to voluntary and community groups working with arts organisations to deliver projects at a community level.

Small and medium arts organisations are also eligible to apply but must not be applying for funding in the Cultural Driver or Cultural Contributor categories. 

2009 is the Year of the Environment, so we would welcome projects that explore this in a creative and innovative way.  

If you're still not sure which is the right funding category for you, then please contact Sean Durney on 0151 233 6839 who will be happy to help. 

Further details and all the forms you need to complete to apply can be downloaded from the links below.

Completed forms must be posted to the address on the application form or hand delivered to the Culture Company, 3rd Floor Millennium House, Victoria St in a sealed envelope marked 'Arts and Culture Funding 09'

Unfortunately email applications can not be accepted.

Closing date: 6pm, Monday Wednesday 7 January 2009  
And finally the legal bit which we have to include:

The City Council is currently undergoing a major financial review. Final decisions on funding are dependent on the outcome of this review and therefore won't be formally agreed until March 2009. So whilst welcoming your applications for funding under the Arts and Culture Investment Programme, the City Council is under no obligation to fund proposals or allocate all the funds within the programme.


Cultural Drivers and Cultural Contributors

Guidance Pack
Arts and Culture Investment Strategy 2009-11
Word Application Form
Excel Application Form to be completed in conjunction with the Word Application Form
Feedback Form

Grass Route Innovators

Guidance Pack
Arts and Culture Investment Strategy 2009-11
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Feedback Form

All of the information above is available in other formats, to find out how download the translation information sheet.