Partnership Investment

We invest in the strategic development of Local Cultural Education Partnerships to improve access to high quality arts and cultural experiences for children and young people. This year we are excited to announce a new approach to partnership investment. Read more below and download our full Partnership investment plan 2021-22 here.

Partnership Investment is part of our plan for making long term change, and change is what we want to invest in. Partnership Investment is not project funding to make a bit more activity happen for a while. We want to invest in the development of innovative, sustainable ideas and relationships that embed creative and cultural education long term. We want to help create new working partnerships, more effective practice, and intelligent approaches to supporting all children, particularly those that are missing out.

Partnership Investment enables Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) to create capacity and undertake research, planning, development and evaluation. LCEPs ability to develop broader strategic partnerships, are central to achieving this change. They have the oversight and influence to make a step change in the creative and cultural offer in your local area.

This year we are excited to announce a new approach to partnership investment. We are also introducing two cross-regional thematic approaches that are open to all LCEPs. We are offering you the opportunity to collaborate with other LCEPs across the region to explore and develop new strategic approaches to one of two themes – ‘Culture on their doorstep’ and ‘Careers, creative skills and employability’.

Who can apply?

If your LCEP has not previously received partnership investment you can:

  • apply for £25,000 to drive forward their partnership’s individual plans.
  • apply to be part of a collaborative cross-regional approach to place-making or careers.
  • develop a proposal that is a combination of the two – part collaborative and part individual.

If your LCEP has previously received partnership investment, you can apply to be part of one of the thematic collaborations.

Match funding

We recognise that the Covid pandemic has made raising match funding from new sources an even bigger challenge. Therefore, we have reduced the match funding requirements for partnership investment to a minimum of 50%, and still encourage you to strive for 100%. Your cash match needs to come from sources that are not Arts Council or National Lottery funded.

We know that sometimes it’s easier to raise match funding if you’ve already got an ‘in principle’ offer. This year you can apply to us without securing match funding first. We expect you to indicate potential match funders in your proposal. If approved, we’ll give you ‘subject to match funding’ approval and will confirm our funding when your match is confirmed.


Applying for Partnership Investment is an iterative process, where you will build, refine and improve your plans through discussion and communications with your steering group, partners and IVE over a number of weeks. Please note: the final submission deadlines below come at the end of that process. Please start the process at least one month before the final submission deadline to allow time for discussion and feedback.


Deadline for final submission to IVEPresented to IVE’s Bridge Governance CommitteeDecisions ratified by IVE’s board and contract in place by
25 Aug 20217 Sept 202121 Oct 2021
06 Oct 202120 Oct 202129 Nov 2021
17 Nov 202101 Dec 202110 Jan 2022

Next steps

Download our full Partnership investment plan 2021-22 here

The first thing to do if you’re considering Partnership Investment is get in touch with IVE’s Bridge team. We can help you understand and move through the process, and we can support you in developing your plans. LCEPs can talk to their area manager and contact our Programme Director, Verity Clarke on

If you’re reading this and you’re not yet part of your local LCEP, please click here to find out more about our fifteen LCEPs in Yorkshire and Humber.

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