The People's History Museum has received a grant from the fund

£7m funding for cultural and social impact work in Manchester

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 07.03.2017
Grant recipients include the People's History Museum
A number of museums and galleries in Greater Manchester are among 28 organisations to benefit from a £7m investment to support cultural engagement and social impact work with a diverse range of communities.

The two-year Culture and Social Impact fund, which was announced last week by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), will support cultural projects across 10 districts. Manchester Jewish Museum, the People’s History Museum, the Lowry cultural centre and Manchester Histories heritage charity all received grants.

The funding programme’s objectives include attracting new investment and talent to Manchester, improving people’s skills and employability, building inclusive communities and tackling social isolation, and improving health and wellbeing among residents. Projects will run until March 2020.

Linda Thomas, the GMCA’s lead for culture, arts and leisure, said: “This is fantastic for the whole of Greater Manchester and specifically for areas like Wigan, Rochdale and Salford who have been underrepresented with funding in the past.”

Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, welcomed the investment. He said: “It’s incredibly encouraging to see Greater Manchester Combined Authority make this kind of strategic investment to support the cultural ecology of the city region.

"This significant investment, made in a challenging financial climate, demonstrates Greater Manchester’s understanding of how central culture can be in supporting all residents to live fulfilling lives."