Liverpool BID Company is launching its second year of the Arts & Culture Fund for projects and events taking place in Liverpool city centre.

The fund has two levels of grants; one for small grants of less than £5,000 which can cover 100% of the project, and a larger grant which can cover up to 50% of the total cost of the project which has a maximum cap of £10,000.

Eligible projects should align with Liverpool BID’s objectives, including driving footfall to the city centre, improving the city perspective, showing innovation and helping to showcase Liverpool as a thriving city, ensure the arts have a future in the city, meet both sustainable and ESG objectives, identity a commitment to equality and diversity.

Applicants can be levy payers, or non Levy Payers. This can include charities, CICs and CIOs committed to increasing public access to the arts. Organisations can include, but are not limited to, museums, galleries, historic houses, archives, libraries, agencies, local authorities, and festivals. After a successful year of funding in 2023, the funding has reopened with two funding rounds, in Spring and Autumn 2024. The first deadline is Friday 22nd March 2024 at 5pm and the second is Friday 27th September 2024 at 5pm.

Bill Addy is CEO of Liverpool BID Company, a not for profit private company funded through 1,000 organisations in BID areas across the city centre who pay a levy.

“We have a long commitment to arts and culture in Liverpool and this fund is the next logical step, especially when the public purse is under so much pressure. Our desire with this fund is to bring animation to the city centre, to provide a gateway and access to the arts and to be part of the cultural landscape that makes Liverpool so vibrant.

Our Culture & Commerce BID Area is home to many of Liverpool’s major arts organisations, including National Museums Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery and more. If our extended Retail and Leisure area is approved in its ballot, Liverpool Everyman theatre and the Philharmonic Hall will join the Playhouse Theatre and Royal Court Theatre as levy payers. Alongside the public art we have supported with Liverpool Biennial, the Liverpool Plinth and Open Culture, we hope that this fund can support those who want to bring even more colour and creativity to the city centre”.