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On Monday the Steering Group of the Northeast East Worcestershire Cultural Compact met for the first time since the 10 ReNEW Small Grants were awarded to organisations across Redditch and Bromsgrove.


The Steering Group members shared their congratulations to the successful applicants and received the news that the Department for Levelling Up and Culture have ringfenced £5 million of capital funding for cultural projects in Redditch. 


Leader of the Council, Cllr. Matt Dormer, said: “It’s great to see all our partners and stakeholders around the table discussing ways of working together to benefit Redditch.


“This meeting was timely for us to share, with our stakeholders, the exciting news of the £5m Government funding which if course was well-received.”


Redditch Borough Council are supporting the ReNEW project which was awarded Cultural Compact status by Arts Council England in 2022 in recognition of its excellent progress encouraging organisations from all walks of life to work together as a team for the good of the area.


Chair of the Cultural Compact, Jane Earl, said: “It’s very exciting to see the activity on the ground across the wider Northeast Worcestershire area and that so many people have got behind the Compact. We are looking forward to seeing the first outcomes of the grants scheme. We are working hard to promote the area as a great place for people to live and work, where culture and creativity bring communities together.”


Overall the goal of the Compact in North East Worcestershire is to encourage residents to get active and creative and enjoy the amazing parks and open spaces of Redditch and Bromsgrove. ReNEW is the first major public participation campaign with its focus upon storytelling and connectivity and aims to renew community spirit by organising inclusive activities and eventually attracting visitors, aligning with the goal of fostering community and dialogue.


Partners including Rubicon Leisure, Redditch BID, Kingfisher Shopping HOW College, Young Solutions and the Redi Centre make up ReNEW.


If you would like to get involved with either the Cultural Compact for North East Worcestershire, or their engagement campaign ReNEW, please contact the team on or visit