The Partnership Investment Programme

Our Partnership Investment (PI) programme seeks to develop, through co-investment, high quality arts and cultural activity for children and young people. We are interested in investing in opportunities that represent a significant strategic development to enable the provision of arts and cultural activities to become more sustainable.

 What are our objectives?

  • To encourage new investment in arts and cultural activity for children and young people aged 0 – 19
  • To increase demand, and the provision of, high quality arts and cultural activity for children and young people in areas of lowest participation
  • To increase the level of Arts Award moderations and the number of schools with an Artsmark (where applicable)

Our Partnership Investment is intended to:

  • Unlock new sources of revenue for arts and cultural activities by providing those we invest in with financial leverage
  • Support the growth of new robust business models
  • Enable emerging partnerships to develop into long term relationships
  • Encourage a collaborative approach to development
  • Enable the development of new skills and capacities
  • Incentivise commissioners and purchasers to commit to a longer term investment relationship

In the current application round there are two programmes:

  • Programme One which is specifically focused on proposals in Birmingham, Cannock, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Stoke, Tamworth, Telford, Walsall and Wolverhampton. These are areas identified by Arts Council England as having low levels of participation according to data from the Taking Part survey.
  • Programme Two which is an open call for proposals in the above geographical areas and also open to “exceptional” new investment that provides significant high quality and diverse provision for children and young people in pockets of high deprivation that fall outside these priority areas.

The closing dates for expressions of interest for the 2017 Partnership Investment programme rounds are: 12 noon on 10th February, 19th May and 13th October.

The corresponding closing dates for full applications are: 12 noon on 3rd March, 16th June and 10th November.

Please read the relevant document below before submitting your details to us via the button at the bottom of this page if you meet the funding criteria. Pepita Hanna, Associate Director of Partnerships and Investment will then be in touch to discuss your activity and send you an Expression of Interest form to complete and return.


Open Call notes & guidance

Targeted Call notes & guidance

In 2014/15 Partnership Investment funding was awarded to a number of West Midlands Arts organisations, including £30,000 to Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery to develop arts programmes for Worcestershire, Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley. £35,000 was given to Media Active to develop opportunities for young people in rural Shropshire to enhance creative, technical and employability skills, whilst working on a variety of digital media commissions for non-arts partners.

To find out more about the Partnership Investment programme and discuss your eligibility to apply contact Pepita Hanna.