As part of City of Culture 2021, Arts Council England has committed more than £5 million of National Lottery money to support Coventry as it embarks on a transformative journey, celebrating the people and places that make Coventry unique. Each year Arts Council invests National Lottery money in villages, towns and cities across England and believes that, as it is public money, it’s only right that the public should benefit from it. More than £2 million a year is invested into the National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) in Coventry. These NPOs are organisations who form the backbone of the cultural infrastructure in this country. This money goes towards producing excellent shows to the Belgrade Theatre, thought-provoking exhibitions at the Herbert Art Gallery, allows Open Theatre to continue their valuable work with people with learning disabilities, helps Talking Birds Theatre Company produce innovative theatre and allows Warwick Arts Centre to bring the best acts and entertainment to the region. Arts Council England is investing in the arts and culture community in Coventry by investing almost £720,000 in 35 individual projects over the last 18 months through National Lottery Project Grants. These projects include the Coventry Biennial, Theatre Absolute’s Humanistan series and the Party in the City Arts Festival organised by the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre. Alongside Coventry City Council, Arts Council England is managing more than £8.5 million of government funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to invest in cultural venues across Coventry. This is to make sure that the city has the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, helping them build resilience and become more sustainable and innovative businesses. The venues benefitting from this include The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Cathedral and St Mary’s Guildhall. £376,000 of capital funding (building and infrastructure) is being invested in the Herbert Art Gallery enabling it to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly through new ventilation and lighting systems and new protected storage spaces. Arts Council has worked with the City of Culture Leadership Programme, investing £450,000 in the training and education of 15 new leaders of the future across the arts and culture sector in Coventry. Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. By 2030 they want England to be a country in which the creativity of everybody is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. Between 2018 and 2022, they will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help deliver this vision.