Huge funding boost to help get local people involved in district’s culture and heritage

28/06/2017, PR8591

​Wakefield Council has been given an £820,000 boost to support cultural programmes for the district's museums and castles and help to get more local people involved.

It is the first time the Council has been awarded grant funding from the Arts Council England through their National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) programme, being one of a small number of local authorities across the country to achieve this status.

From April 2018 to April 2022 the Council will receive an annual grant of £205,000.

The funding will support a number of long-term goals, including strengthening participation, particularly amongst those who currently take little part in arts and cultural activities. It will help develop a volunteering programme to give local people greater opportunities to get involved in the district's culture and heritage and will ensure the museum collections reflect the diversity of area. 

The funding will also help to enhance the quality of  the district's cultural programme, including setting up an artist led project at Pontefract Castle, doing more community outreach work and using digital technology to enhance learning and public access to our collections.

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "This is great news for the district and for local residents, and will help us improve our cultural offer even further.

"The additional funding is going to make a real difference, helping to develop and enhance cultural programmes at our museums and castles and will make our collections more diverse and accessible to local people.

"I am delighted that other organisations including The Hepworth Wakefield, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Art House have also received NPO funding. This will help boost the district's profile and encourage more people locally, regionally and nationally to come and see the breadth and depth of the arts which are available in this district."

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