The Great Place Scheme will fund in areas which are committed to embed heritage and culture as a core part of local plans and decision-making. By strengthening the connections between heritage, civic and community organisations, by involving people, projects will enhance the role that heritage and culture plays in the future of each place participating in the Scheme. In time this will lead to the social and economic benefits that heritage and culture can achieve.

This is a pilot scheme. It will fund activities which can be built on in the future, and whose learning can be shared with other places.


The Great Place Scheme will enable heritage and cultural organisations to make a step-change in how they work together, and with organisations in other sectors, in order for heritage and culture to contribute more to meeting local social and economic objectives.

What will the Great Place Scheme do?

The Great Place Scheme will invest in between five and eight places across Wales to achieve the following:

  • Build on existing partnerships within the heritage and cultural sectors in order to maximise their positive social and economic contribution
  • Build new partnerships to realise this contribution and to lever resources into the sector to support that
  • Develop partnerships between the heritage sector and place-based initiatives operating in Wales to mutual benefit so that the contribution of the sector and future potential for greater collaboration is recognised in and supported by long-term plans and strategies for the area and communities

The Scheme will enable places across Wales to put heritage and culture at the heart of the future vision for their area.

How much funding is available?

You can apply for between £100,000 and £500,000 for activity to be delivered over a period of up to three years.

The application process has one round only, but you must submit an Expression of Interest before completing an application form.

Geographic focus

The Great Place Scheme is a pilot. In Wales we aim to support successful applicants from a range of different places to participate in the Scheme.

We invite you to think creatively about the geographies that you could serve. This might be across more than one council area, or the relationship between an urban area and adjoining rural areas. Boundaries need not be contiguous or administrative. You will need to determine the scale and the geographic boundaries of the ‘place’ where your project will be delivered. You should make a case in your application for why the geography you have chosen is relevant and meaningful in the light of the ambitions of the Great Place Scheme. The size of a place should be considered to ensure sufficient resources and impact can be made through the project. A place could be:

  • A consortium of local authority areas
  • A single local authority area
  • A city or town and its hinterland
  • A grouping of rural towns / villages
  • A national park or other designation e.g. a landscape designation, World Heritage Site or conservation area
  • Wards from one neighbourhood or different neighbourhoods

How to apply

In order to apply for this Scheme, you must submit an Expression of Interest by midday 14 August 2017. Please fill in a copy of the word document below and send this to us at [email protected]

We will contact you by 31 August 2017 to tell you whether or not you are being invited to submit an application. This will be based on whether your proposal is felt to have the most potential to deliver against the Scheme’s outcomes. Proposals encouraged to apply will need to submit a full application by 7 December 2017.

Frequently asked questions

Who can apply?

Partnerships led by a not-for-profit organisation. See the application guidance (section 3) for more details.

What types of activity will the Great Place Scheme support?

We expect most of the activities supported will involve talking to local people such as through community-based discussions and events; investigating new ideas such as exploring the role of heritage in the local economy; creating new tools such as enabling heritage organisations to work with commissioners in co-producing frameworks for social outcomes; and building capacity among local communities to engage with heritage. More ideas are in the application guidance section 4.

When will decisions be made?

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 14 August 2017 and for full applications is 7 December 2017. We expect to announce the 5 to 8 successful Places by the end of March 2018.

Does all partnership funding need to be in place at the point of application?

No. We would expect to see 75% committed to the Scheme when the full application is submitted. The end of December 2018 is the deadline for the remainder to be secured.

The Expression of Interest form has a word limit of 500 words. What does this cover?

The word limit applies only to Section 3, where we ask you to outline your proposals. Information such as your project title, information about your contact person, organisational details and likely grant request can be additional to this.