Prime minister Theresa May has pledged £3 million in funding for creative and cultural organisations in the Northern Powerhouse, with areas including Yorkshire, Sheffield, Liverpool, Lancashire, Leeds, Manchester and Cumbria.

She made the announcement at No 10, with publishers, actors, artists, art gallery and theatre directors, and craftspeople in attendance. Representatives were on hand from the likes of Universal Music, Pinewood Studios, the National gallery, the National Theatre and the Natural History Museum to hear what she had to say.

Arts projects and enterprises will be able to support their local communities even more effectively, and be able to apply for £150,000 worth of government funding.

Ms May said: “I’m delighted to announce a £3 million fund that will provide a new source of finance for creative and cultural organisations across the Northern Powerhouse. Offering a mix of grants and loans, the social investment fund will be open to non-profit, community-based organisations that deliver a positive social impact as part of our modern industrial strategy.”

It comes after the government also committed £15 million through the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund to support three projects in Blackpool, Bradford and the Lake District.

This was unveiled back in March, with each of these three projects set to receive a share of the fund as part of plans to build a lasting legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North.

This free summer-long event, taking place in Newcastle and Gateshead, starts on June 22nd and will come to a close on September 9th, celebrating the north of England’s pioneering spirit.

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