Sports, leisure and the Arts Cultural Partnership Grants programme

Cultural Partnership Grants funding

Manchester City Council's Cultural Partnership Grants programme 2023-26 will provide core funding to cultural organisations in Manchester. Grants are available at £10,000 - £40,000 per year (subject to Council decision-making and budget setting) and the programme will launch in September. 

Eligibility for the Cultural Partnership Grants programme funding

We can only accept your application if your organisation meets the eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for this funding, your organisation must be:

  • a cultural or arts-based organisation as stated in your Memorandum and Articles or constitution. This includes: Combined Arts, Dance, Museum, Film and Broadcast, Heritage, Literature, Visual Arts, Digital Art, Music, Photography, Theatre and Performance, and Craft.
  • based in the City of Manchester, or have a track record of delivering activity for the benefit of the people who live in or visit the city, or that benefits the local economy

Your organisation must also be a constituted voluntary and community sector and not-for-profit organisation, in one of the following forms; 

  • limited company registered at Companies House 
  • charitable company registered with the Charity Commission
  • Community Interest Company (CIC) registered with the CIC regulator
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission
  • Community Benefit Society regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Complete an Expression of Interest form on behalf of your organisation to check if you are eligible to apply for a Cultural Partnership Grant

Submitted Expression of Interest forms will give us an indication of the number of applications that we will receive once the funding programme opens.

The deadline for submitting expression of interests is Monday 22nd August at 4pm 

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