£15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund – Closing 30th November 2017 (11 LEP Regions of the North of England)

Towns and cities across Northern England are able to bid for a share of a new fund that aims to boost the region’s technology, creative and cultural industries.

The UK Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund aims to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North planned for Summer 2018. Grants of up to £4 million in each of three financial years (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21) will be available to eligible Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the 11 Northern Regions of England i.e:

  • Cheshire and Warrington
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Humber
  • Lancashire
  • Leeds City Region
  • Liverpool City Region
  • North East
  • Sheffield City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • York
  • North Yorkshire
  • East Riding.

The funding will support capital expenditure on major culture and tech projects like, for example, opening a new tech start-up centre or renovating live music venues. LEPs are each invited to submit one bid for up to £4million to the Fund. Applications should be for a single capital project that fits within the overall priorities for the Fund and evidences the need for the project and the rationale for intervention in the local area. All projects supported will be expected to increase opportunities for people to experience, benefit from and contribute to culture and creativity.

The deadline for LEP bids is 30th November 2017.


3tc’s ‘Technology 4 U’ courses help the digitally excluded

3tc, Merseyside Third Sector Technology Centre, is currently running its free ‘Technology 4 U’ course funded by the Big Lottery for people living in the Church, Derby, Ford, Linacre, Litherland, Netherton & Orrell and St. Oswald area in South Sefton. At just 3 hours per week these courses are ideal for people with little or no computer skills. Topics include:

  • PC & internet basics
  • How to complete online forms
  • Using web e-mail
  • Saving attachments to an online storage area
  • Using a free online word processor and Google search

‘Technology 4 U’ is especially useful for the unemployed as they will learn how to view their Universal Jobmatch account, do job searches, upload and download CV’s and create attractive cover letters etc.

Jackie Kemp, 3tc’s Chief Officer said “As more and more services become digital-by-default there is nothing worse than feeling anxious or nervous about having to use an online service. We want people to be confident using a computer. Perhaps even more importantly we want them to learn computer skills for themselves so they can take advantage of other online services that will save them money and make their lives considerably easier. We show people how they can access a lot of tools and resources for free, and they can continue to use these even after the course ends. Even if you do not own a computer you will still be able to use these tools and resources across a range of community venues that provide free access to the Internet”.

3tc is running its free ‘Technology 4 U’ courses from its base at 3tc House, 16 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 0NY. Anyone interested should ring Claire on 0151-285-4010 so she can check their eligibility