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Covid-19 Update

In an unprecedented year for us all, our Trustees and Advisory Council have been closely monitoring the severe impact the pandemic has had on cultural organisations in our geographic area of benefit, the North West of England.

Our decision to cancel our competitive bid process back in May 2020 was a difficult one but we believe the right one to take in such uncertain times. We considered carefully how best to offer our support to the region. We did this by taking a flexible approach with those organisations already in receipt of a grant but who were unable to deliver their project due to the restrictions imposed upon them. We also felt it important to give what financial support we could to some long-standing grant recipients and we distributed a pot of ‘emergency funding’ to those we believed were most in need during the first lockdown. It is never enough but we hope it demonstrated our strong support for the work that they do.

Thankfully, some meaningful funds have now been allocated from Arts Council England, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and others, and we hope this is the start of some form of recovery.

We feel it is now time to look ahead and we are delighted to announce today we are re-opening our full application programme and will accept applications from arts and science organisations who are planning projects for delivery this year.

We will meet to consider applications on Thursday, 18th February 2021. The deadline for submission of full applications for this round is Wednesday, 10th February 2021.

We appreciate so many have had to adapt to new ways of working to deliver their projects and the creative new platforms that have been found to engage with audiences and communities has been inspiring. We have always welcomed innovative new projects and we intend to continue this tradition to encourage forward thinking applications and support successful applicants however they envisage delivery. We will positively encourage bids from organisations whose projects will not only help to culturally support communities in our region but also support creative talent so badly impacted by the necessary restrictions.

Our moratorium on capital bid applications will remain in place during 2021. We believe our limited funds will be of most benefit directed towards project support until such times as restrictions are lifted to allow audience levels and community participation to return to sustainable levels.

We understand that many development staff/fundraisers will be working from home and we aim to make it easier for applicants to make their approach to us. For further details please visit our How To Apply Page.

We are looking forward with confidence to continuing to work with and support the cultural life our region enjoys due to the creativity and talent of organisations old and new.

Welcome to The Granada Foundation

The Granada Foundation wishes to encourage and promote the study, practice and appreciation of science and the arts, including drawing, architecture and landscape architecture, sculpture, literature, music, opera, drama, dance, cinema and the methods and means of their dissemination.

The Foundation also welcomes applications which aim to engage and inspire young people and adults to take an interest in science.

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The Foundation encourages applications from across all areas of the arts, music, drama, visual arts, cinema, festivals. We have made significant awards to many major arts organisations across our region: HOME, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Royal Liverpoool Philharmonic, Lakeland Arts in Cumbria, the new Storyhouse in Chester, and many more. We also feel it equally worthwhile when we are able to make more modest grants available to organisations which may perhaps be smaller in size, but are the life-blood of our region’s cultural society.

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The understanding and appreciation of science plays an equal part with the arts in making the North West a richer and more attractive place in which to live. Public engagement with science is a maturing professional activity, and the Advisory Council will look favourably at proposals that offer new ways of encouraging people in the North West to explore the way science touches and enriches their lives on a daily basis.

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“Since 2014, grants given by the Granada Foundation to Northern Ballet have ensured that our world class children’s ballet productions can visit theatres in both Blackpool and Barrow, continuing a legacy of arts engagement in the North West region, reaching diverse communities, home to families that may not have experienced a live ballet, or even theatre performance, before.”

Simon JenkinsNorthern Ballet