The Government has launched a £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, aiming to benefit “areas that have historically had low levels of cultural and creative investment”.
The fund has been set up to capitalise on the legacy of the Great Exhibition of the North, due to take place in Newcastle and Gateshead next summer.
A Government statement said that schemes could include opening a new tech start-up centre or renovating live music venues, to increase opportunities for people to experience, benefit and contribute to culture and creativity.
The fund will make grants of up to £4m available. The first round of bids will be coordinated by Local Enterprise Partnerships.
The successful projects will be announced in March 2018.