Grimsby has been awarded over £3million for a programme of culture works, the secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced.
Following a competitive bidding process, the town is one of few in the UK to receive the funding for cultural related activities, following a bid for the money by North East Lincolnshire Council.
The funding is set to go towards building a programme of new international events to be hosted in the area, attracting new visitors and investment.
The money, which will be matched by further public and private sector funding from the Humber LEP and other partners, will also go towards creating new public art and cultural spaces to help regenerate historic parts of the town.
Support will be on offer to local businesses in the cultural sector and for individuals with a business idea wanting to start their own venture, ensuring that no creative industry initiative is left out.
It is hoped that the funding will boost the town over coming years, generating new jobs, new businesses and increasing town centre footfall.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Right Honourable Jeremy Wright QC MP made the announcement earlier today during his inaugural speech, unveiling Grimsby as one of the successful applicants to the Cultural Development Fund.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “Creativity, arts and heritage make our towns and cities unique and our communities better places to live. With clear plans in place, this funding provides an incredible opportunity for Grimsby to fully realise the potential of its local heritage and history to create a programme of events to engage the local population, while also creating a sustainable future for local creative businesses.”
Councillor Gaynor Rogers, portfolio holder for Tourism, Heritage and Culture at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded this money.
“We’re on the cusp of a very exciting time for our area, with the pioneering Great Grimsby Town Deal looking to regenerate our area. Combined with this funding, the potential of our heritage and culture can finally be realised.
“This funding will help us attract more people to our area, increasing audience and community involvement in cultural activities, creating new major international events, new art and more creative spaces for people to enjoy.”