We’ve Been Granted Support from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

We’re delighted to announce that we have been granted support from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund so we can continue to be #HereForCulture! Manchester Craft and Design Centre has received a grant of £37,916 from the second round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. This is vital support for us and will enable us to sustain our creative community, keep our visitors safe and allow us to adapt our business for the future

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Director of Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Kate Day, said:

“We are enormously relieved to receive this funding in the run up to reopening the Centre and welcoming visitors back to our creative community. Having been pivotal in the regeneration of the Northern Quarter in the early 1980s and surviving two economic recessions, we want to play our role in Manchester’s recovery. We will use Cultural Recovery Funding to continue to sustain our resident businesses, to keep our visitors safe and to adapt our business models in the light of Covid. We are proud to play our part in nurturing Manchester’s makers and reconnecting with our audiences during such challenging times.”

Manchester Craft and Design Centre has nurtured an innovative creative community since 1982, playing an intrinsic role in the regeneration of Manchester’s independent Northern Quarter. We provide city centre studio space for 35+ designer makers, welcoming 80,000 visitors per year, and provide a community hub for local residents, education groups and community enterprise. Culture Recovery Funding will enable us to keep our doors safely open to the public, support diverse creative businesses and allow us to continue to reshape our future role in the city.


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About #HereForCulture

Here for Culture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

Whether on the global stage or quietly in our own lives, culture inspires, uplifts, comforts and entertains us. Now, in these challenging times, it’s our turn to provide a lifeline and show our support. The government is #HereForCulture with an unprecedented amount of funding coming through on top of the furlough scheme, bounce-back loans and emergency grants. The public has been #HereForCulture as organisations have innovated online and outdoors.


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