TODAY marks the launch of new funding for not for profit and voluntary organisations.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Culture and Social Impact Fund is set to benefit residents across the city region.

The new scheme was given the green light by leaders at a GMCA meeting at Trafford Town Hall last Friday.

It will give funding to properly constituted organisations committed to providing excellent cultural experiences or work that has significant social impact across the Wigan borough and the other nine boroughs in Greater Manchester.

The criteria for the scheme is shaped around the following four main objectives, with applicants needing to meet at least two of them:

  • Contribute to the recognition of Greater Manchester locally, nationally and internationally to attract new investment, visitors and talent to the city region
  • 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 the city region
  • Play a role in developing strong and inclusive communities and an improved quality of life for residents, particularly those at risk of disengagement or social isolation
  • Be able to evidence how the project will make a positive contribution to improving residents’ health and wellbeing.

The grant programme will operate over a two-year period, from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2020.

Organisations are invited to apply for up to two years of funding, which will be subject to an annual review.

Cllr Cliff Morris, portfolio lead for culture, said: “Greater Manchester has a thriving cultural sector, from grass roots community arts groups to internationally significant cultural organisations.

“Culture is something we are very proud of in Greater Manchester and is one of the things we do best.

“I hope the new scheme provides significant contribution to the wellbeing of our residents while contributing to the economic prosperity of our city region.”

The deadline to apply for a grant is midnight on November 3.

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