The Cultural Development Fund aims to level up investment in culture and the creative industries across England. The fund will unlock local growth and productivity, increase access to creativity and culture, and regenerate communities. This is being achieved through capital investment in transformative place-based creative and cultural initiatives.

Round Four of the programme will support places to achieve the following outcomes: 

  • Unlock local economic growth and productivity.
  • Become more attractive places in which to live, work, visit and invest.
  • Strengthen local leadership, partnerships and capability.

The total budget available for Round Four is £15.2 million. Individual grants of between £2 million and £5 million are available. The funding will help create local job opportunities and new training places, while supporting local cultural institutions as they look to attract tourists and new businesses, helping to grow the economy. Applicants can apply for capital (asset) activity with a limited proportion of resource activity (project activity).

Applications are accepted from partnerships between formally constituted organisations from both the public and private sectors (and the voluntary sector where appropriate). The lead should be a local authority, combined authority, mayoral authority, Local Enterprise Partnership, university, cultural organisation, or other appropriate body in England.

This year’s round will be the first time since 2019 that projects in London are able to apply, expanding the range of places that can benefit from Cultural Development Fund investment.

Expressions of Interest for Round Four will be accepted between 9am on 5 February 2024 and 12pm (midday) on 15 March 2024. 


Find out more here: Cultural Development Fund: Round Four | Arts Council England