The Great Place Scheme Evaluation

The Great Place Scheme (England) is a joint initiative between The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. The scheme has been running since 2017 and is investing in 16 places across the country.

It is enabling cultural and heritage organisations to make a step-change in how they work together, and with other organisations in other sectors, in order that arts, culture and heritage contribute more to meeting local social and economic objectives.

This is the Year One and Year Two evaluations of the scheme.

Projects are highly focused on the project end point and thinking practically and strategically about legacy. Concerns with sustaining relationships, networks and ways of working are driving new thinking about organisational models, capacity building and plans for large-scale legacy projects. Organisations are looking to continue the work of the Great Places through embedding skills, relationships and habits of practice rather than relying on possible future funding.