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How to apply

Prospective applicants are advised, in the first instance, to provide a brief outline of the project for which funding is sought by completing a short enquiry form. Please note only projects taking place in the North West of England will be considered.

If an application falls outside the Foundation’s scope, a reply to that effect will be sent. If the application is to proceed an application pack will be sent in time for consideration at the next available meeting. Applicants will be advised of the outcome very shortly after the Advisory Council has met, usually within five working days.

Our funding criteria

The Advisory Council interprets the guidelines in a flexible way, realising that it cannot hope to achieve a true balance across all areas of activity or geographic area. It does, however, examine the context of each application and tries to make grants in areas where the benefit will be most widely felt.

It is our preference to fund organisations with charitable status but we occasionally consider applications from not-for-profit organisations.

We accept applications within the North West, UK. Areas including, Cheshire Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.

It may help you to take a look at past projects that have been successful in obtaining grant from us. A list of grants we have awarded over the last two years are available to view here.

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Grant amounts

We expect applicants to demonstrate they are seeking funding from other sources, including other trusts and foundations and crowd-funding. We will not be sole funders of any project and applicants should not expect 100% of funding unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Grant sums of £500 – £10,000 are available. Our average grant currently stands at £2,000. Larger grants can be awarded if the project is felt to be particularly innovative and imaginative and have a strong artistic or scientific content.

What we cannot fund

The Foundation will not provide salaries (except residencies) nor take on long-term revenue funding and, because funds are limited, the Foundation cannot support the following:

  • Individuals (for whatever reason)
  • Courses of study
  • Expeditions or travel abroad for whatever other reason
  • General appeals
  • Nor, in general, youth and community associations

Even if your application has met our funding criteria, a successful outcome can never be guaranteed simply because we receive more applications than our limited funds can accommodate. If your application has not been successful you can re-apply for funding for another project but we do like to leave 12 months between applications, successful or otherwise.

Next meeting

The Advisory Council will next meet to consider applications on Thursday, 21st July 2022. Initial enquiry forms can be submitted at any time and you will be advised if your project meets our funding criteria and can go forward to our next meeting. A full application pack will be sent as soon as the date has been confirmed.

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.

We recognise that many development staff/fundraisers are working from home due to the pandemic restrictions. We have, therefore, digitalised our application process and dispensed with the need for applicants to provide us with hard copies. All applications should now be submitted electronically – both PDF and Word formats are acceptable.

If you would like to apply at our next meeting, please use the enquiry form below.

If you are invited to proceed with a full application, an application pack will be emailed to you. If you experience any difficulties with the on-line form please email brief details of your project directly to enquiries@granadafoundation.org or call Irene Langford directly on 07876 744 235

The deadline for return of full applications is Tuesday, 5th July 2022.

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    For further information on any aspect of our application process please contact our administrator:

    Irene Langford
    The Granada Foundation
    PO Box 3430
    CH1 9BZ

    Mob: 07876 744 235
    Email: enquiries@granadafoundation.org