Cultural Life Fund

The Cultural Life Fund is a three-year £650k programme that The Mighty Creatives are managing that addresses long-standing inequalities in children and young people’s access to high quality cultural education in the East Midlands.

The Cultural Life Fund is a three year £650k programme that The Mighty Creatives are managing that addresses long-standing inequalities in children and young people’s access to high quality cultural education in the East Midlands.

The Mighty Creatives, through The Cultural Life Fund, will support a minimum of 12 cultural education partnerships and strategic collaborations to connect schools and cultural organisations within defined geographic areas. Through the fund, these partnerships and strategic collaborations will be supported to identify and address local inequalities in children and young people’s access to high quality cultural education. The fund will be used to support collaborations that, as well strengthening cultural education, are also are able to demonstrate how they are:

  • developing or align to a shared strategic vision,
  • providing local coordination,
  • improving engagement,
  • seeking to generate additional income, and
  • planning to measure their collective impact.

Arts Council England has identified 50 potential cultural education partnerships across the country, including the following priority places in the East Midlands: Corby; Derby; Leicester; Mansfield & Ashfield; Nottingham; Skegness, Boston and South Holland.

Innovation Investment Opportunity

The latest opportunity that has arisen to secure investment from the Cultural Life Fund is for an ‘innovation project’ that supports schools to develop their contribution to Artsmark by working with arts and cultural organisations and delivering Arts Award.

The Artsmark Partnership Programme launches in December 2017 and we would like to invest £25k in a project that:

  • can match our investment £25k minimum;
  • delivers a programme of high quality arts and cultural engagement that contributes to schools Artsmark award;
  • delivers Arts Award at one or more levels;
  • produces a case study that can be shared via TMC’s website.

We’d like to see ambition, and projects will need to start in January 2018. The project will help to inform future programmes.

What next?
  1. Please download and read our information guide and FAQs
  2. It may be also be helpful to read about Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge
  3. Before an application is made a pre-application conversation will need to take place with Karen Birch and Hazel Townsend. As strategic lead for Artsmark, Hazel will provide further information and guidance. To book a pre-application conversation please contact karen@themightycreatives.com.
  4. Applications must be received by 5pm on 1 December 2017.



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