The future of Greater Manchester's Culture Fund

Closed 26 Aug 2022

Opened 12 Aug 2022


Culture in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is rightly proud of its cultural offer. Culture and heritage are some of the biggest reasons residents like and are proud of living in Greater Manchester.

The COVID pandemic has had a significant impact on Greater Manchester’s cultural landscape. The Centre for Cultural Value’s Culture in Crisis report earlier this year highlighted well the impacts on the workforce, organisations, and audiences.

The current GMCA culture fund period has been in place for three years. Across this period, a portfolio of 35 GM cultural organisations and 14 multi-organisation projects are supported.

GMCA and the ten local authorities from across Greater Manchester recognise the importance of culture to places, communities, and individuals. 

Before the pandemic cultural investment across Greater Manchester was going to be reviewed to make sure it was still fit for purpose.  This review was paused during the pandemic, recognising the pressure the cultural sector was under. However, it is now appropriate for this review to take place.

GMCA are now consulting on a proposed new approach to cultural investment from 2023 onwards. 

At this stage it is not possible to quantify the totality of funding available as this will be determined during the usual budget planning cycle which will begin later in 2022.

Why your views matter

This survey is to see if professionals, practitioners and the public think that our proposals for the future of cultural investment in Greater Manchester are reasonable. 

This survey is supported by a number of workshops which people are welcome to attend. Full details are below. 


  • Online event - Future of the GM culture fund

    From 17 Aug 2022 at 12:00 to 17 Aug 2022 at 13:00

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  • In-person event - Future of the GM culture fund

    From 17 Aug 2022 at 15:00 to 17 Aug 2022 at 16:00

    Register here -

  • In-person event - Future of GM culture fund

    From 23 Aug 2022 at 10:00 to 23 Aug 2022 at 11:00

    Register here -

  • Online event - Future of GM culture fund

    From 23 Aug 2022 at 14:00 to 23 Aug 2022 at 15:00

    Register here -


  • Anyone from any background


  • Culture