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4 July 2022

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – Cultural Investment Fund

Cultural venues including museums, galleries and public libraries are to benefit from up to £128 million of funding to help improve accessibility to the arts and safeguard their futures. Organisations are now being encouraged to submit expressions of interest to receive support following the previous allocation of £48 million worth of funding to 60 organisations earlier this year.

Venues across the country have already benefited from the fund including the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, which earlier this year received £5 million to fund structural work to safeguard the building for future generations, and Bletchley Park, which was given £468,000 for essential maintenance works to its buildings.

Funding of infrastructure projects at museums, improvements in local library services and investment in community-focused cultural sites will ensure that these cultural assets at the heart of communities will help regional economies and protect their unique local heritage for generations to come.

Support will be targeted to areas which have historically had lower levels of cultural investment as part of the government’s commitment to levelling up access to culture across the country. Funding will be targeted on locally-led cultural projects, museums and public libraries in England.

The Cultural Investment Fund covers the following 3 streams:

  • Cultural Development Fund – The £49.4 million Cultural Development Fund aims to give people access to arts and culture in areas with historically low levels of cultural engagement to help support economic growth. The fund helps transform cultural sites which are at the heart of communities such as Middlesbrough Council Cultural Services and Barnsley Museums.
  • Libraries Improvement Fund – The £15.5 million Libraries Improvement Fund will transform library services in England by helping them upgrade their buildings and improve digital infrastructure.
    Local authorities can bid for the money on behalf of their library services.
  • Museum Estate and Development Fund – The £63.3 million Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) helps fund urgent museum maintenance and infrastructure works beyond their dayto-day budgets. Arts Council England accredited museums in England that are not directly funded by DCMS can apply.

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