Partnership Investment

Partnership Investment 2018-2020

Partnership Investment enables Bridges to match fund new investment in the strategic development of cultural education. Culture Bridge North East allocates £125,000 of our budget each year for Partnership Investment.

In 2018-2022 the main aim of Partnership Investment is to support the development of Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs). Our match funding will help LCEPs attract and secure new sources of money not traditionally spent on cultural education in their area. It should result in measureable, increased investment from partners in response to a local strategic challenge the partnership has identified.

The Partnership Investment criteria and application process will be published in June 2018.

Previous rounds of Partnership Investment

In 2015-2018, Culture Bridge North East ran a competitive process for Partnership Investment. Applicants were asked to demonstrate how investment from us unlocked and levered in new sources of income that had not previously supported cultural education. We looked for interventions that created long-term, sustainable improvements in capacity and structure, changing practice and developing strategic partnerships. We made the following investments, securing £750,000 for cultural education in the North East:

  • Culture Bridge North East co-invested with the EU Youth Employment Initiative to develop a new partnership in Middlesbrough between the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) and the Prince's Trust. Together, the partners are providing new activity to help young people who are not in education, employment or training
  • We co-invested with a philanthropist donor to set up an endowment fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The Culture Bridge North East Fund provides a sustainable source of small grants, available to education and community settings doing cultural education with children and young people anywhere in the North East
  • Together with Curious Minds and IVE, the Bridge organisations for the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, we've co-invested with Rugby League Cares to establish partnerships between dance organisations and rugby league clubs across the north of England. Together, the partners will provide high quality dance provision in non-engaged communities with strong progression routes for young people
  • Matching investment from schools, we’re supporting New Writing North to secure and expand the Young Writers’ City programme, enabling a longitudinal study of the impact of embedding creative writing and other arts practice across whole schools over several years
  • Matching investment from corporate sponsors, we’re supporting Sunderland Culture to develop, embed, evidence and disseminate excellent methodology for young people taking powerful decision-making roles in the development of cultural provision across the city
  • We’re supporting ARC Stockton arts centre to lead a new multi-agency partnership, providing high quality cultural education to children who are Looked After, securing match funding from the local authority
  • Gateshead Council secured match funding from schools to establish a pilot study of the potential of using cultural education to support children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Finally, we established a new partnership between the Northumberland Cultural Education Partnership and Children and the Arts, using match funding from private donors and foundations, to establish new programmes meeting the LCEP’s strategic priorities.