Arts Council England makes £7.1m available to boost diversity

Arts Council England has made £7.1 in grants available to encourage diversity and leadership skills among those working in arts and culture organisations, including charities.

Its Transforming Leadership Fund includes a specific grant to encourage diversity among senior library appointments.

A total of £7.1m has been awarded through the fund to 18 organisations across museums, libraries and the arts. Of the awards announced, 9 are to London-based projects, 3 are in the South West, 3 are in the Midlands, 2 in the North of England, while one South East project received a grant.

£342,000 has been awarded to Libraries Connected to provide a programme of support to female and minority ethnic library staff to help them make the move into senior management. This ‘Leading Libraries’ project includes providing a set of online resources on leadership for libraries and recruiting emerging leaders for specialist leadership training.

Another to receive funding is a project, called ‘Lead’, involving Access All Areas, Disability Arts Online and Manchester Met University. This aims to develop a bespoke career programme in the culture sector for those with disabilities and has been handed £283,000.

Further information about the Transforming Leadership Fund and the successful projects can be found on the Arts Council England website.

Image: London-based Sour Lemons been awarded a Transforming Leadership Fund grant of £300,000. Its Making LEMONADE programme will support 24 young leaders from diverse backgrounds across two years, supporting them to grow as authentic leaders who can use their life experiences to drive change. Sour Lemons will also provide specialist training to four Alumni leaders, who will help evaluate the programme and continue their development as leaders. Working to share their learnings across the sector, they will also produce a documentary, impact report and events to facilitate more diverse leadership.