Culture and Arts Investment Programme (CAIP)

The Culture and Arts Investment Programme (CAIP) supports a range of creative arts activities across the city, including film and video screenings, festivals and carnivals, combined and multi-disciplinary arts, creative crafts, dance, drama and literature. It also supports visual, public and digital art, and theatre, comedy and music.

We are now accepting stage one expressions of interest for CAIP funding for 2023/24 to 2025/26 from organisations that meet the eligibility criteria.

Capital funding is subject to further council approval and Liverpool City Council is not obliged to allocate funding.

Who can apply?

We will accept applications from organisations that are based and operate in the Liverpool local authority area, which provide significant cultural activities.

We do not accept applications from individual artists, informally constituted collectives, formal educational establishments (schools, colleges, universities etc) or informal networks.

Joint applications may be submitted by a lead partner who will solely be accountable for the delivery of the programme and comply with the terms and conditions of the grant.

Which funding to apply for

We are seeking expressions of interest for two types of funding:

CAIP Revenue funding will support annual core costs of organisations that deliver multiyear programmes, rather than one off events or projects.

CAIP Capital grants are defined as those providing or improving non-current assets, which includes land, buildings and equipment, which will be of use or benefit in providing services for more than one financial year.

Please note:

  • Not-for-profit creative arts organisations can apply for both the revenue and capital funding.
  • Community and privately run organisations can submit an expression of interest for capital funding only.

The total amount of revenue funding available is £2.212m, with the amount for capital funding to be confirmed.

Funding must not be used for activities beyond the Liverpool local authority area and all projects must be completed by March 2026, subject to further approval by the council.

Before you apply

As part of the stage one process, all applicants must be able to confirm eligibility and financial viability, along with a short summary of the proposed activity. You must also:

  • be able to prove you have a track record of delivering a strong cultural programme that attracts visitors and residents
  • be able to provide evidence of successful and recent delivery of a cultural programme
  • have evidence of other significant funding from sources such as trusts and foundations, Arts Council England, Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery, other lottery sources, sponsorship and donations
  • have self-generated funds from ticket and product sales, services and other activities.
  • Through the CAIP Framework (see below) explain how activities will contribute to the aims of the Council Plan (a culturally diverse, internationally ambitious and authentic city for all) and the City Plan (to be the most exciting city in the UK), and how you will contribute to community and education priorities across both plans.

Please read the following documents for full details of eligibility criteria and the terms and conditions of the grant before you submit a stage one application:

How to apply

Apply online for CAIP stage one

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The closing date for stage one applications is 9am on Tuesday 11th October 2022.

What happens next?

All applications that meet the criteria will be considered by council officers and senior management before being invited to apply for stage 2. All organisations will be informed of stage 1 outcomes by 13th October at the latest.

Stage 2 Application forms will be released in late September – potential applicants are encouraged to submit Stage 1 applications as soon as possible to allow more time for completion.

The closing date for stage two applications is 9am Tuesday 8th November 2022.