Decision details

arts@leeds - Year 5 Extension

Reference: D54260

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


This report seeks approval from Executive Board to extend the arts@leeds funding programme for a fifth year. Operated through funding rounds usually lasting between 3 to 4 years, a fifth year would extend the current round of funding to 31 March 2023. Extending the programme would not rule out a change to the budget for arts@leeds through the council’s budget setting process for FY 2022/23 but would mean that the programme is aligned to the Arts Council funding rounds and organisations can plan with greater certainty.


The Director of City Development submitted a report which sought approval to extend the arts@leeds funding programme for a fifth year, with it being noted that a fifth year would extend the current round of funding to 31 March 2023.


In considering the report, the Board received information regarding the reasons for the proposal from the Chief Officer Culture and Economy.


Responding to a Member’s enquiry, the Board noted that the decision to extend the funding programme did not have any implications for the Council’s budget setting process.


With regard to an enquiry regarding this proposal and the separate proposals relating to the provision of resource for ‘Leeds 2023’, a Member sought assurance that there would be no ‘double counting’ across these two areas in terms of grant funding provision. In response, it was undertaken that clarification would be provided to the Member in question.


RESOLVED – That an ‘in principle’ extension of the arts@leeds programme for a fifth year, to 31 March 2023, be approved.


(Further to the declaration of interest as detailed at Minute No. 7, Councillor Pryor took no part in the consideration of this matter and left the meeting room for the duration of this item)

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Economy, Culture and Education

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Executive Member briefing


Executive Member briefing

Contact: Pam Johnson, Culture Officer 0113 378 7679 Email:

Report author: Pam Johnson

Publication date: 07/07/2021

Date of decision: 23/06/2021

Decided at meeting: 23/06/2021 - Executive Board

Effective from: 03/07/2021

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