Contact is pleased to be one of the recipients of the new £7million Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Culture and Social Impact Fund, investing in 28 organisations who are committed to providing excellent cultural experiences or work that has significant social impact across the ten boroughs in Greater Manchester.

The GMCA Culture and Social Impact fund builds on the success of the previous AGMA-run Section 48 grants fund, reflecting the priorities of the Greater Manchester Strategy.

The 28 organisations will work with and in communities across Greater Manchester, delivering the four main objectives of the fund. Organisations will:

  • Contribute to the recognition of Greater Manchester locally, nationally and internationally to attract new investment, new visitors and new talent to Greater Manchester;
  • Make a positive contribution to improving skills and employability of residents in Greater Manchester, including support for the creative education, expression and ambition of young people across Greater Manchester;
  • Play a strong role in developing strong and inclusive communities and an improved quality of life for residents, particularly those residents at risk of disengagement or social isolation.
  • Be able to evidence how the project will make a positive contribution to improving residents’ health and well-being.

    Contact has a long-standing commitment to delivering cultural activity across Greater Manchester, and above all to empowering young people to develop and deliver their own projects in their local communities. We’re therefore delighted to be able to continue this work with the support of GMCA.

    Matt Fenton, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Contact