BRADFORD’S City of Culture team have been given £300,000 funding towards developing their plans for 2025.

Members of West Yorkshire Combined Authority approved the funding at the most recent meeting of the authority.

The meeting was told the funding will help “build capacity” to organise and develop a year’s worth of events across the District.

A report to members said: “UK City of Culture status will change the story about Bradford and challenge the perceptions of a city that has laid the foundations for modern society in Britain.

“It will bring economic growth, improved quality of life and create a legacy of more visitors, new jobs and more people attracted to living in a place of great opportunity.”

It said the £300,000 from the Combined Authority will directly help assist 15 organisations with capacity building and training, develop approximately 30 events, and create approximately 10 jobs and 200 volunteering opportunities.

Earlier this Summer Bradford 2025 was given a £20m boost thanks to funding from Government, the Arts Council and the National Lottery.

At the meeting, Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: “It will create a long lasting impact for the residents of Bradford – that’s what we want City of Culture to be."