Cultured Communities: The crisis in local funding for arts and culture

Arts and culture are integral to our communities and our lives, improving our wellbeing and helping people connect with each other. They support social mobility, teaching vital skills and keeping young people in education; they reveal the pride we feel in the places where we live and they help grow the economies of villages, towns and cities across our country. However, arts and culture funding has been severely cut since 2010 and now, with Covid-19, many arts organisations and artists face an existential threat.

This report from The Fabian Society presents new research on the cuts to local government funding of arts and culture over the last decade and offers an analysis of Arts Council England’s spending, particularly its focus on London.

The report also looks at the importance of arts and culture for local areas to boost recovery after coronavirus and makes recommendations on how national and local government can place arts and culture at the heart of a post-Covid-19 recovery.

Download the full report here:

Supporting the Third Sector through COVID-19

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19 can be accessed here.

As ever, our dedicated CSI Representatives are here to understand and unpack the issues that the third sector is facing within the current ESIF programme which are affecting their ability to use European funds effectively. 

So that we can raise these issues at government level on your behalf and pro-actively work for solutions, we’re asking Third Sector organisations to tell us their experiences using these funds, in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Please contact us via