Applications are now open for the Greater Manchester Culture Fund, which will support delivery of Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s strategy for Culture and Creativity, Grown in Greater Manchester. Known Around the World.
The Greater Manchester Culture Fund provides funding to cultural organisations committed to providing excellent cultural experiences and opportunities across the ten boroughs in Greater Manchester.
Our rich history and culture have developed Greater Manchester into a global brand that embodies innovation, creativity and social progress. Our international reputation was, and is, built on the creativity of our people, and we must invest in creating the conditions for that creativity to flourish in the future.
Greater Manchester is known around the world for its significant contributions to music, literature, theatre, art, politics and history. We will maintain and further develop our cultural offer to grow this reputation, developing, attracting and retaining the very best creative talent.
We want Greater Manchester to be a place that nurtures the creativity and expression of artists and cultural organisations, reflecting the rich diversity of our people and places and strengthening our standing as a leading centre for culture, regionally, nationally and internationally.
We understand the importance of culture, not as a luxury but as an integral part of community life and of the vibrancy and distinctiveness of our places. Culture has a role to play in addressing some of Greater Manchester’s most pressing issues and in promoting our places to visitors from all over the world, which is why our Culture Strategy reflects, and will support, successful delivery of the Greater Manchester Strategy, which sets out 10 priorities to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old.
The Greater Manchester Culture Fund has four objectives, each of which maps on to at least one of the priorities in the Greater Manchester Culture Strategy. Applicants should:
- Contribute to the recognition of Greater Manchester locally, nationally and internationally to attract new investment, new visitors and new talent to Greater Manchester
- Make a positive contribution to improving skills and employability of residents in Greater Manchester, including support for the creative education, expression and ambition of young people across Greater Manchester
- Play a strong role in developing strong and inclusive communities and an improved quality of life for residents, particularly those residents at risk of disengagement or social isolation
- Be able to evidence how the project will make a positive contribution to improving residents’ health and well-being
Deadline: 29 November, 10:00