Northamptonshire County Council (UK)

Formed in 1889 following the Local Government Act 1888, Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) governs the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire in England, and has its headquarters in the county town of Northampton.

As a non-metropolitan council, the county council is responsible for education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport policy and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

NCC has been a long supporter of the arts and arts organisations in Northamptonshire, currently providing c. €380,000 through direct revenue grants to key arts organisations in the county which covers a wide range of arts organisations and artforms which over the last 12 months has supported 130 artists, engaged 13,477 participants and an audience of 98,418.

During 2011 and 2012 NCC committed to delivering a wide programme of cultural events and activity as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the build up to and including the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

NCC is also playing a key strategic role in the ongoing economic and cultural regeneration of the historic county town of Northampton through new Heritage Gateway and Cultural Quarter initiatives, University relocation and wider public realm proposals.

NCC is the lead coordinator for the EU Culture Programme supported CHANGING TRACKS project, which is a key strategic project that specifically contributes towards new emerging priorities of place-shaping, improved prosperity and community engagement, building on the investment made and the cultural legacy of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and Olympic Games.