Liverpool is bidding for £3m of funding to build on its success as European Capital of Culture.
The city council is backing an application for North West Development Agency and European Regional Development Funding for 2009-2012.
It wants to create an “enhanced programme of cultural events over the next three years” to act as a lasting legacy to the 2008 culture year.
The Capital of Culture year has so far attracted 1.5 million new visitors.
The council says it has also generated national and international publicity for the city worth more than £70m.
Highlights have included the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield featuring Sir Paul McCartney, the Tall Ships festival and the recent visit from La Machine, the spider street theatre performance through the city centre.