A Swindon dance school is one of a number of cultural organisations across the country set to benefit from more than £24 million of investment.

The £24.2 million is being provided by government funding through Arts Council England's Capital Investment Programme.

Swindon Dance will receive £100,000 to improve the on-site experience for all users.

It will have new changing rooms and accessible facilities as well as refurbished stairways and studios.

It is one of 67 organisations across the country set to benefit, including 10 in the South West.

Other recipients include Portsmouth Historic Quarter, where the former military site Carpenters’ Yard at Priddy’s Hard will be transformed into a public arts centre boasting nine artist studios.

Elsewhere, the Bridgwater Carnival, the country's oldest illuminated procession, is to redevelop its semi-derelict carnival centre for its volunteers and participants.

The funds will be dispersed in sums ranging from £100,000 to £750,000, as part of the second round of the Capital Investment Programme.

The purpose of these grants is to provide financial assistance for equipment, digital infrastructure and technology investments, acquisitions and adaptations of buildings for cultural use, and enhancements and upgrades of existing spaces.

Darren Henley, chief executive at Arts Council England, said: "This infrastructure investment will help a whole range of different cultural organisations across England to flourish, increasing opportunities for people to enjoy creatively excellent cultural events close to where they live.

"It’s particularly important that we’re making this happen in communities where cultural investment has historically been low."

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, minister for arts, heritage and libraries, added: "Cultural venues enrich our lives, and it’s vital that their infrastructure matches the excellence of the creative work that goes on inside them."

"Our funding is helping both to create new venues and to adapt existing ones to make them more accessible, helping to deliver the government’s plan to make sure that everyone, no matter where they live or what their background, has access to excellent, life-changing cultural opportunities.”

This round of funding follows the first round, announced in May 2022, which invested £22.7 million into 66 organisations across the country.

These investments improved infrastructure and widened cultural access for communities, including those in Gloucester, Isles of Scilly and Swindon.

The current Capital Investment Programme, part of a broader range of Arts Council funding, furthers the aims of the 'Let's Create' strategy.