Welcome to the new Leeds Cultural Investment Programme
As with any new programme, we may not have everything right at first and we look to the independent sector for feedback to help us continually improve these programmes in the future.
The independent cultural sector in the city is an important part of ‘Team Leeds’ and, alongside the Council’s own directly delivered cultural services, makes significant contribution to our Best City Ambition.
Following extensive consultation with artists and arts organisations, the Leeds Cultural Investment Programme has been developed to align the city’s investment in culture with the Best City Ambition.
The new programme will provide more flexibility and agency to artists and arts organisations. Access to the investment funds will support city readiness for the legacy of LEEDS 2023.
In 2024 we will launch a new Cultural Impact Survey. This will allow us to evidence the benefits of culture to Leeds and support us to tell the story of how culture has a vital impact. Funded individuals and organisations will be required to complete the survey as a condition of funding.
A set of Priorities and Principles have been co-produced with the creative sector to underpin the new programme. These gained over 75% approval in a public consultation and were approved by Leeds City Council Executive Board in June 2023. These new Principles and Priorities have shaped Leeds Cultural Investment programme and will help us to assess and award funds.