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We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £178,090 by the  Weston Culture Fund, to support our activity throughout 2021.

The fund was created by the Weston family in response to the devastating impact of Covid-19, and is supporting a diverse range of organisations from museums to regional theatres and national touring ballet companies.  Grants range from £100,000 up to £1.5 million based on the size of the organisation.

Established in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making trust which now gives away approximately £80 million a year to charities across the UK. Having established one of the most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees today remain highly active and hands-on. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business – a successful model that still endures today and as the businesses have grown so too have the charitable donations.

This vital grant will ensure that we can carry on our work supporting and developing young performers and creatives across Greater Manchester, making a difference in their lives and in the local community through free creative activity and training.

The grant will also cover the costs of staging online and Covid secure performances, and an improved website and digital streaming offer, working with a wide range of freelancers.