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The Without Walls Culture Fund is closed until further notice. Further applications will not be accepted at this time.

The Liverpool Without Walls Culture Fund, is designed to support organisations and artists in creating performance and visual art outdoors and is brought to you by Culture Liverpool and Arts Council England.

This pilot is for creatives to submit ideas to animate and reimagine Liverpool as a stage, fill the streets with cultural content and encourage audiences back into the city centre.

The Fund is looking for ideas which:

  • Get organisations working in the public realm, reimagining art forms and piloting new forms of presentation for the future
  • Drive audiences into the city centre and key district centres in order to support the re-emerging retail and hospitality sector
  • Help support local organisations and the freelance community, in particular those who may not qualify for support through previous ACE or DCMS funds
  • Can be delivered at speed: ideally during August – October 2020

Visual Art / Installations

If your proposal is for a visual art or installation which is site specific, then please include the proposed location on the application form.

If the work is not site specific, we will work with successful applicants to identify and obtain permissions for work in key city centre locations.


If you are proposing a performance, please ensure you take into consideration the latest guidance issued around outdoor events. A performance may have more than 30 attendees provided (i) a thorough risk assessment has been completed and (ii) all reasonable steps have been taken to mitigate the risk of viral transmission in line with Covid-19 Secure guidance.

The Events Industry Forum has published guidance on outdoor events which has been developed with input from DCMS.

Successful live performance ideas will be developed with the support of Culture Liverpool.

Who can apply?

Any cultural organisation or freelance artist who is based in Liverpool is eligible to apply for the fund.

Please be aware that you need all necessary insurances in place should you be proposing outdoor performance.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum amount available from the fund is £5,000.

We anticipate that for most organisations, the requested grant will represent a contribution towards the cost of delivering a project or idea.

For freelance artists, we appreciate that the request is likely to be for the full amount required to deliver a proposal.

We welcome collaborative project ideas with one of more organisations involved, and in this instance would accept applications of over £5,000 as long as they did not exceed the amount the collective would individually be able to apply for.

When can I apply?

The Without Walls Culture Fund is closed until further notice. Further applications will not be accepted at this time.

How do I apply?

We want to make this process as streamlined and simple as possible, so decisions can be made quickly and funding transferred without delay.

At the bottom of this webpage you will find a simple online form for completion.

Following your submission, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application, together with a tracking number to be used in all correspondence.

All applications are checked for completeness and eligibility against the guidelines. If your application is incomplete or ineligible, we will send you an email telling you why. We regret that we are unable to progress incomplete or ineligible applications.

Assessment & Decision-making Process

Your application will be reviewed by a small panel made up of team members from Culture Liverpool.

Recommendations will be made to the Director of Culture Liverpool for funding to be approved.

Declarations of interest will be requested and all records of applications / recommendations will be kept on file. All applications received which contain a declaration of interest will be subject to a secondary assessment by a third party external to Culture Liverpool.

We expect demand to be high for this fund and regrettably will only be able to support a proportion of the applications we receive.

Successful Applications

If your application is successful, we will send you a standard commissioning agreement, together with any specific conditions relating to your award. Once you return a signed copy of the commissioning agreement along with an invoice for the agreed amount, we will release the funding.


We endeavour to make the application, assessment and decision-making processes as fair and transparent as possible. We welcome constructive feedback on any of our processes and procedures.

Retention of application materials

In order to comply with our audit processes, we will retain copies of the application form and supporting materials for declined applications up until 31 March 2021 and for successful applications for a further 10 years after which time they will be destroyed. Original materials will only be returned to you if a stamped self-addressed envelope is enclosed with them.


We can only accept re-submissions that have previously been declined if there have been significant and substantial developments since the last application. All re-submissions must be discussed and agreed with us in advance.


Our funding is discretionary and our decision in all matters concerning the assessment and selection of projects for investment is final.

You can make a complaint if you have good cause to believe that the correct procedures, as published in these guidelines, have not been followed or have been applied in such a way as to prejudice the outcome of your application. If you wish to complain, please contact the Liverpool Without Walls Culture Fund in the first instance at [email protected].

Freedom of Information

As a public body, we may be required to publicly disclose certain information concerning your application in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. During the process of deciding whether or not to publicly release some or all information requested by a third party, we may contact you and ask you to comment on the proposed release. Your comments will be taken into account in the decision on whether to publicly release, or withhold information, but the decision on whether to release the information ultimately rests with Liverpool City Council.

Data Protection & Privacy Statement

We require some personal information about you/your organisation in order to consider your application for investment.

We may share your personal information with third parties to comply with the law and/or for our legitimate interests and/or the third parties concerned.

Where the personal information you have provided to us belongs to other individuals, please refer to the above Privacy Notice. You must share this Privacy Statement and Privacy Notice with the respective individuals.

You have some rights in relation to the personal information that we hold about you under the General Data Protection Regulation. Information on how to exercise these rights is contained in the Privacy Notice.

If you have any concerns about how we process your personal information, you should contact the Music Officer in the first instance. If you are still dissatisfied, you can submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Whilst the information and advice in these guidelines is at the time of going to press believed to be accurate, Liverpool City Council reserves the right to make changes at any time at its discretion. Liverpool City Council will not be responsible for any loss attributable to errors, omissions or other inaccuracies in the information contained in these guidelines.

Application Form

Please note: The Without Walls Culture Fund is closed until further notice. Futher applications will not be excepted at this time.

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