Partnership Investment

Each year we invest in a small number of strategic partnerships designed to improve access to high quality arts and cultural experiences for children and young people.

Partnership Investment (PI) 2018-2022

Over the next four years IVE, the Yorkshire & Humber Bridge will invest £1,024,720 to improve long-term, sustainable investment in cultural education through Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) in Yorkshire & the Humber. Partnership Investment funding attracts ‘new’ sources of money as match funding. We are interested in hearing from LCEPs who have identified potential match funding from new sources of money not traditionally spent on arts and culture for children and young people in the Yorkshire & the Humber LCEP areas.

We are looking for measurable increased investment from partners in response to a strategic challenge that the LCEP has identified in its cultural education work locally. Some examples of strategic challenges might include:

  • Identified need for researching and mapping of current opportunities and pathways for progression and creative industries employment opportunities;
  • Need to research and develop work experience opportunities and information and guidance for young people about progression routes including job opportunities in the creative (including digital) industry sectors locally and beyond;
  • Need to continuously monitor, evaluate and review the impact of activity and report to relevant authorities.

Sources of match funding could include, but are not limited to:

  • Local authority budgets
  • Children’s/Youth Services
  • Looked After Children budgets
  • LEPs
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Schools, Academy Chains, Pupil Premium
  • Sports Fund
  • FE and HE
  • Library services
  • Private sector/Business
  • Trusts and Foundations

It can in some cases also be used to lever new levels of investment from existing sources.

The Bridge will support LCEP partners to develop sustainable outcomes and focussed relationships with new strategic partners.

“The Arts Council expects that Partnership Investment will support the strategic development of Local Cultural Education Partnerships as a priority focus wherever possible. This may include resources to support capacity, planning or evaluation of LCEP progress. Investment outside of this scope will only be agreed in exceptional circumstances. Our ambition is that LCEP areas will continue to grow and thrive over the next four years and we consider Partnership Investment to be central to this success.

Partnership Investment must not be used to facilitate programme delivery. It is not an alternative to project grants and the Arts Council will not support the approval of applications where this is the case.

Our ambition is that Partnership Investment will support local areas to create new financial sustainability for cultural education. Therefore at least 100% match funding must be sourced from alternative non-arts income. This cannot include Lottery funding or support in kind.

Bridge Organisations will support LCEP partners to develop their cultural education offer locally and will be able to advise on how Partnership Investment can support their strategic development and future sustainability.”

Arts Council England July 2018

Specific requirements

PI proposals must:

  • Demonstrate how this strategic investment will support capacity building, planning, sustainability, impact measurement and/or evaluation of LCEP progress towards an increase in cultural opportunities for children and young people.
  • Include Artsmark and Arts Award targets and use of the quality principles.
  • Evidence how this LCEP priority has been arrived at and what the aims and objectives for the PI are.
  • Include an action plan evidencing how resources, outcomes and impacts have been determined.
  • Show how identified local challenges are aligned with local authority/LEP agendas.
  • Include evidence of a promise of 100% cash match for a minimum of £25k partnership investment from the Bridge.
  • Be for investments lasting more than 1 year in duration.


The Local Cultural Education Partnership should apply with supporting evidence from its potential funder using the form here to IVE. Decisions will be made by the IVE Board on a quarterly basis. Payment conditions and progress will be • Bridges are required to make a minimum of 2 investments in the first year, 4+ in subsequent years; Investments will be for more than 1 year in duration.

One cross–area/national agreement in place for April 2019; 6 cross–area/national programmes developing between 2018-2022 developed between Bridge areas to maximise shared resources and learning, resulting in improved arts and cultural provision for children and young people within a locality.

Administered by the Bridge and monitored by the Bridge governance group. ACE reserves the right to sign off on all partnership investment agreements as required.

Please ensure your proposal is submitted for consideration by the IVE Board of Trustees to Verity Clarke via email to by the 15th November 2019.

Please see IVE’s Expression of Interest in Partnership Investment form.

Please see IVE’s Partnership Investment Plan.

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