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 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.

What are the challenges that you want to solve around young peoples’ access to creative and cultural education?

What is the change that you want to see in your local area?

We want to invest in proposals that strive to create lasting change in practice and policy. LCEPs are central to achieving this change. LCEPs are strategic partnerships of education and culture professionals coming together to think about the needs of children in their local area. They have the oversight and influence to make a step change in creative and cultural education. We welcome proposals from individual LCEPs and we’re also interested in two or more LCEPs working together to share ideas and resources under a common theme.

Arts Councils’ ambition is that Partnership Investment will support local areas to create new financial sustainability for creative and cultural education. Therefore, LCEPs will need to identify £ for £ match funding from new sources of money, not traditionally spent on arts and culture for children and young people. This cannot include Lottery funding or support in kind.

Like every fund, Partnership Investment has some criteria.
These are:

  • Initiatives must be led by an LCEP in Yorkshire and Humber
  • You must apply for at least £25,000.
  • Your initiative should run for more than one year.
  • You must have at least 100% cash match funding from non-arts, non-lottery sources.
  • As Partnership Investment originates from Arts Council England, your initiative should make use of Artsmark, Arts Award and the Quality Principles.

Decisions about where we invest Partnership Investment are made by our Bridge Governance Committee, a sub-group of IVE’s board of trustees. Every investment is ratified by Arts Council England.

Next steps

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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