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About Us

The Granada Foundation was established in 1965 (initially known as the Northern Arts and Sciences Foundation until its name change in 1972) to encourage the study, practice and appreciation of the fine arts and sciences and to promote education, with a particular interest in activity in North West England.

Its funds originate from a generous donation from the settlors, Cecil G Bernstein and Sidney L Bernstein (the founders of Granada Television). It has supported hundreds of arts and science organisations and has awarded over £6 million in grants, both large and small, focusing primarily on a geographical area that references the majority of the coverage area of the Granada TV company.

The Granada Foundation is governed by four Trustees. An Advisory Council of ten advises the trustees. The Foundation looks for imaginative proposals from organisations (preferably with charitable status) which will in some way contribute to the cultural and scientific life of our region. We prioritise applications from the North West – defined by the Granada Foundation as Lancashire, Cheshire, Westmorland and Furness and Cumberland, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region and the High Peak.

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Our Trustees

Dr Virginia Tandy OBE (Chair)
Philip Ramsbottom
Martin Ainscough DL
Janes Davies OBE

Our Advisory Council

Martin Ainscough DL
Jane Davies OBE
Kathy Arundale
Dr John Baxter
Amanda Sutton
Charles Lauder
Fiona Gasper MBE
Kevin McManus

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“The support and encouragement that we have received from The Granada Foundation has been instrumental in our development as a company, especially where the grant has enabled our innovative community and education work to have a lasting impact on young people and families in Manchester. The Granada Foundation is an approachable and friendly foundation who empower and inspire us to create a lasting legacy through our shows.”

Caroline Clegg, Artistic DirectorFeelgood Theatre Productions