Future Popular is back!

Future Popular is an opportunity for artists, arts organisations, producers and existing or new collectives based in Blackpool and Wyre, to contribute to LeftCoast?s ambition to find new audiences and explore the space between entertainment/popular culture and art in order to find out what is? the Future Popular.

Future Popular is back and is changing! Along with LeftCoast?s development priorities & those of our partner project A B&B; we need to make sure that artists and arts organisations in Blackpool & Wyre are prepared and ready to make successful applications to the Arts Council England and other national funders, rather than providing whole project funding ourselves?

However, we know that it is hard to meet the requirements of these funders, in particular the 10% minimum cash match funding required by some.

So from now on Future Popular will support you in the following ways. You can apply to us for up to 10% of the overall costs of a project you want to deliver. If successful in your Future Popular application you can then include our contribution as confirmed cash match within your application to Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund or another funder. We will offer our help and guidance in making those applications and then if you are successful in raising all the money for your project, we will release our 10% contribution.

LeftCoast is looking for dynamic, innovative and sustainable proposals from Blackpool and Wyre based artists to develop and present a project for the people who live and work here and explore how creativity can play a central part in the future of Blackpool and Wyre.

Future Popular is open to any art form. You will need to specify what art form and which community setting/s you want to work in within your application.

Future Popular is an open application process, there are no deadlines, but we do have a finite pot of money to award.


  • If you are successful in your application to us, there will be a 6 month period allowed for you to raise the additional funds for your project, or your money will be returned to the pot and awarded to other applicants. (The LeftCoast team will support you throughout that process.)
  • You can only apply for 1 Future Popular project at any time
  • The scheme can be suspended at any time if all monies have been allocated
  • You need to be able to demonstrate that you can successfully plan and deliver your project to time and to budget

Please talk through your application with Jenny Rutter, LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager before you apply ? regular surgery slots are available to book on our website, or contact Jenny directly to arrange a chat. You are much more likely to be successful in an application if you have been able to talk over your ideas with our team in advance.

Please download our Future Popular Guidelines, Application Form and Budget Tool.

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