Arts Connect’s Partnership Investment programme seeks to secure, through co-investment, high quality arts and cultural activity for children and young people. We are interested in investing in opportunities that represent a significant strategic development to enable the provision of arts and cultural activities to become more sustainable.

What is Partnership Investment (PI)?

Arts Connect is committed to working with partners to ensure new, or increased, investment is brought into the West Midlands to improve the quality and access of arts and cultural education for our children and young people, aged 0-25 years.

In our 2018-22 Partnership Investment programme the focus for our co-investment is through Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs). LCEPs are currently established in the following areas of the West Midlands: Birmingham; Cannock Chase; Coventry; Dudley; Herefordshire; Sandwell; Shropshire; Stoke & North Staffordshire; Tamworth; Telford; Walsall; Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

What is our Partnership Investment intended for?

  • To unlock new sources of revenue for arts and cultural activities by providing those we invest in with financial leverage.
  • To enable Local Cultural Education Partnerships to develop strategic relationships with commissioners and investors to support capacity, planning or evaluation that make a difference locally.
  • To encourage a collaborative approach to development that involves quality planning and evaluation.
  • To support the growth of new business models to ensure sustainability.
  • To enable the development of new skills and capacities.
  • To incentivise commissioners and partners to commit to a longer term investment relationship.

Developing Local Cultural Education Partnership Sustainability

We are interested in co-investing in developments that enable LCEPs to build more sustainable capacity and resources to improve the cultural lives of children and young people. In response to this need, we have developed the Partnership Investment programme to provide financial leverage to support these partnerships, and networks, in unlocking further revenue and new sources of income to help LCEPs to continue to grow and make a sustainable difference in their localities. Partnership Investment is not an alternative to project grants.

We are looking to support LCEPs responding to strategic initiatives that represent a significant development and/or have the potential to lever additional investment beyond our support. We view this as a development opportunity for LCEPs to move away from project funding models of fundraising towards a more strategic Business model of creating revenue and partnerships that can be sustained post Arts Connect’s co-investment.

Get in touch:

Please contact Pepita Hanna, Associate Director Partnership and Investment or contact Alison Haynes, BEP Arts Engagement Coordinator, if you need further information or details.

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