A new Arts & Culture Fund for projects and events taking place in Liverpool city centre has been launched by the Liverpool BID Company.
The new fund has two levels of grants; one for small grants of less than £5,000 which can cover 100% of the project, and a larger grant which can cover up to 50% of the total cost of the project.
Eligible projects should align with Liverpool BID’s objectives, including driving footfall to the city centre, improving the city perspective, showing innovation and helping to showcase Liverpool as a thriving city, ensure the arts have a future in the city, meet both sustainable and ESG objectives, identity a commitment to equality and diversity.
Applicants can be levy payers, or non Levy Payers. This can include charities, CICs and CIOs committed to increasing public access to the arts. Organisations can include, but are not limited to, museums, galleries, historic houses, archives, libraries, agencies and festivals.
Two funding rounds will take place, in Spring and Autumn. The first deadline is Friday 27 March at 5pm and the second is 23 September at 5pm.
Liverpool BID Company is a not for profit private company funded through 1,000 organisations in BID areas across the city centre who pay a levy.
CEO of Liverpool BID Company, Bill Addy said:
“We have a long commitment to arts and culture in Liverpool and this fund is the next logical step, especially when the public purse is under so much pressure. Our desire with this fund is to bring animation to the city centre, to provide a gateway and access to the arts and to be part of the cultural landscape that makes Liverpool so vibrant.
Our Culture & Commerce BID Area is home to many of Liverpool’s major arts organisations, including National Museums Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery and more. If our extended Retail and Leisure area is approved in its ballot, Liverpool Everyman theatre and the Philharmonic Hall will join the Playhouse Theatre and Royal Court Theatre as levy payers. Alongside the public art we have supported with Liverpool Biennial, the Liverpool Plinth and Open Culture, we hope that this fund can support those who want to bring even more colour and creativity to the city centre”.
Organisations and individuals who want to apply need to download the application form here.