The Cultural Development Fund aims to allow cities and towns to invest in creative, cultural and heritage initiatives to impact on culture-led economic growth and productivity.  This fund is from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) with a budget of £20 million available.  Arts Council England (ACE) administer the fund on behalf of DCMS.

Grimsby received £3.2 million of the overall budget. The programme will deliver a new programme of international events and public art to revive the town centre, provide a business support programme for local creative businesses and create new production facilities in the town’s historic centre.

In 2018, 5 areas were successful with their bids to the Cultural Development Fund (CDF).  £20m was shared between Creative Estuary, Plymouth, Wakefield, Worcester and Grimsby.

Birdseye view of Grimsby skyline looking towards the Docks from Town Centre.
Credit: Dave Moss