HLF to award £3m to UK City of Culture 2021

Eleanor Mills, 08.03.2017
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The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has committed £3m to the holder of the UK City of Culture title from 2021 onwards to boost local heritage.
The culture minister Matt Hancock has announced that 11 areas from across the UK have registered bids. These include Coventry, Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, St Davids and the Hundred of Dewisland, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Warrington and Wells.
Areas intending to submit bids had to register by 28 February, with the initial bid due on by 28 April.
To win the £3m HLF grant, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) bidding criteria states that areas must be able to deliver "a substantial programme of cultural activity to run throughout 2021 that can demonstrably lead to regeneration in the area concerned".
The DCMS and an independent advisory panel will judge the shortlist and choose the winner. The shortlist will be announced in July and the winning city revealed in December.

Phil Redmond, the chair of the competition’s independent advisory panel, said: “Having been on the journey from Liverpool 2008 European Capital of Culture, Derry-Londonderry 2013 UK City of Culture and now Hull 2017, I am delighted other cities will have the opportunity to bid and build on the award for 2021.”

Ros Kerslake, the chief executive of the HLF, said: “Building on the support we have given to Hull 2017, this funding will allow the UK City of Culture 2021 to showcase its heritage to the world.”
Matt Hancock, the minister of state for digital and culture, said: “UK City of Culture helps boost tourism and raises the profile of arts and culture. The exciting funding commitment from the HLF is yet another incentive for towns to secure this prestigious title.”
Hull is the current UK City of Culture and has also been granted £3m by the HLF. It is the second city to hold the title.