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The Cultural Development and Innovation Fund is intended to support recovery for businesses in the culture sector by enabling them to make strategic step changes in business activity with a view to diversifying income streams, building resilience and safeguarding jobs.

For the purposes of this programme, cultural businesses are those which are focused on the creation, delivery, curation or technical production of the following:

  • Visual arts
  • Performing arts
  • Heritage
  • Film & TV
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Combined Arts

Eligible applicants will be cultural businesses or sole traders (including freelancers) who employ fewer than 250 people. Grant support is available for those with well-developed plans for new ways of working which have been prompted by challenges to existing business models presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. These adaptations might include activity such as developing new products; realising new partnerships (including with the wider creative industries & other sectors); engaging with new markets and deploying new technologies. Proposals should be for interventions which could lead to sustained ways of working rather than interim solutions.

Responding businesses must be Tees Valley-based and operating in the culture sector (i.e. work centred around visual arts, performing arts, heritage, film & TV, music or literature).

Two tiers of grants are available:

  • Businesses with turnover of below circa £100,000 can apply for grants of up to £10,000;
  • Businesses with turnover of above circa £100,000 can apply for grants of up to £25,000

Where necessary, grants can be used to cover 100% of the costs associated with your proposal, however any additional sources of funding are welcomed.

Whilst demonstrable match is welcome it is not essential: where necessary, grants can be used to cover 100% cost of a proposal.

Businesses interested in applying for funding should initially submit an expression of interest through the online form available below.

For further information and guidance on completing the application, click here.

For frequently asked questions, click here.

The deadline for submission is Friday 30th October 2020. Successful respondents at this expression of interest stage will be invited to submit a full application in early November. We are looking for well thought through and quality submissions as this is a competitive process and the fund is likely to be oversubscribed. All bids that reach us by the deadline will be considered so please give yourself time to put in the strongest proposal possible.

If you have accessibility issues that will prevent you from completing this form then please call Umi on 03301247782. Please note this is not to get more guidance but is to help those with accessibility barriers to complete their EOI.

Mandatory Screening Checklist

The programme is designed to enable the mobilisation of ideas which are well developed and where finance is the primary barrier. It is not an R&D programme and is a competitve competition that will be judged by a panel on quality.

Only one application per legal entity

Applications are now closed.

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