We are thrilled to announce that the Octagon Theatre Bolton is one of 28 recipients of the new Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Culture and Social Impact Fund. The fund invests in organisations who are committed to providing excellent cultural experiences or work that has significant social impact across the ten boroughs in Greater Manchester.
Chief Executive of the Octagon Theatre Bolton Roddy Gauld says:
“We're delighted that GMCA have chosen to support the Octagon's work. Every year we reach thousands of people in Bolton and across Greater Manchester with our productions, schools work, and groups for young people and communities. GMCA has recognised the contribution the Octagon and the arts makes to building Greater Manchester as a happy, healthy and prosperous place for everyone, and with this funding we look forward to reaching more people in the years ahead.”
Linda Thomas, GMCA lead for culture, arts and leisure, said:
“This is fantastic for the whole of Greater Manchester and specifically for areas like Wigan, Rochdale and Salford who have been underrepresented with funding in the past.
“It is fair and proper that projects across Greater Manchester are recognised. There really are some wonderful organisations out there and we are very pleased to be able to support them.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham added:
“Our creative industry in Greater Manchester is thriving, contributing £1.46 billion to our economy and continuing to grow.
“We must support this growth and make pathways to creative careers accessible to everyone by supporting the dedicated people and businesses that are using their talent and entrepreneurship to build our local economy.”
The grant programme will operate over a period of two years, from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020.