Greater Manchester Culture Fund - deadline Friday 29 November

funding update
Published date: 
Tuesday, 5th November 2019

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.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority Culture Fund will provide funding to properly constituted, not for profit, voluntary organisations cultural activity of more than local significance across Greater Manchester.  Greater Manchester is defined as the ten Local Authorities of: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. 

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.

The deadline for submissions is 10am on Friday 29 November.

Advice On Applying

We will be holding five GMCA Culture Grants Advice Sessions where officers will be advising organisations on the information that should be provided in the application and how that information will be assessed. Sessions will take place in Bolton, Wigan, Manchester, Oldham and Stockport w/c 18 November 2019. To find out more information on these sessions please contact

Further information can be found at