£1.1m over 4years to Manchester-based arts organisations

Grants totalling £1.1m over the next four years from April have been awarded to fifteen different Manchester-based arts organisations.  between them deliver an extensive range of cultural activities and opportunities both for local people and a wider audience.

The Cultural Partnership Agreement grants are aimed at helping with organisations’ core running costs. They enable them to continue their work with different communities in the city.

Arts organisations had to bid for a share of the cash set aside by the council for the grants. Each application was judged on its merits against a defined set of criteria to decide on successful bids.

The funding has been awarded to organisations that have a strong offer and track record of delivering cultural opportunities for people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds.

Awards have been made across a wide range of art forms to reflect the broadest possible range of cultural opportunities. Visual arts, music, theatre, dance, craft, museums, and heritage organisations are all represented amongst the organisations that have received grant funding.

Five of the organisations receiving a grant will be doing so for the first time this year.  They include:

Company Chameleon, a leading contemporary dance company, touring nationally and internationally and working with up and coming dance artists.

Quarantine, a theatre and performance artist-led organisation. It creates progressive, internationally renowned socially engaged theatre/public events with people who have no previous arts involvement.

Reform Radio, produces and broadcasts music, writing, drama and arts, working with young people who have previously had little arts engagement.

Streetwise Opera, a music and theatre performance working with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The Men’s Room, is an arts and cultural engagement to empower and support vulnerable and marginalised young men.

Full list

Here is the full list of organisations that will receive grant funding over the next four years:

Brighter Sound

Castlefield Gallery

Community Arts North West


Manchester Camerata

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Manchester Histories

Manchester Jewish Museum

The Edge

Venture Arts

Company Chameleon


Reform Radio

Streetwise Opera

The Men’s Room

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Manchester City Council

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