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Town of Culture

Stalybridge Town of Culture 2022

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Stalybridge has been awarded the status of Greater Manchester Town of Culture in 2022. The Greater Manchester Town of Culture programme celebrates the distinctiveness of one town each year, selected from the ten districts of Greater Manchester.  It provides an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the unique culture of towns across Greater Manchester, as well as to raise local ambitions for cultural provision, a night-time economy, and increase pride in a place.  This accolade was awarded to Stalybridge’s bid because it highlighted the distinctive creativity and diversity of the Tameside town, and it put a spotlight on the remarkable art, culture and heritage that exists in the town.

The Stalybridge Community Grant Fund:

A new community grant fund has been developed to support activities and events being created for Stalybridge by community groups and individuals.

You can apply for up to £500 from now until 1 October 2022 (please note the fund may close earlier if the funds are exhausted sooner).

Your project submitted to this grant programme must fit with the over-all themes put forward in the Stalybridge Town of Culture bid:
  • Slow Food – events and activities linked to for instance community orchards, doorstep growing, allotments, recipes, food waste
  • Slow Making – events and activities linked to knitting, embroidery and other crafts
  • Slow Art – events and activities linked to storytelling, artist led creations, music, exhibitions, conversations, performance, dance, writing and literature
  • Slow down – events and activities linked to the town’s heritage, it’s surrounding landscape and town centre such as talks, trails, walking and cycling.
You must engage local people beyond your existing membership networks.
You can apply for a grant of up to £500 to assist with the type of event / activity / project referred to above.
The funds can be used to cover the costs of speakers, arts/crafts, running workshops, developing a play or a film, or any other reasonable costs for holding an activity or event.  Expenses for volunteer time, food and refreshments will not be accepted.
This funding is only available this year and all activity must take place in Stalybridge in 2022 and form part of the Town of Culture programme. 
The programme is open to all Tameside residents and community organisations based in the borough. 
For full guidance and application form click here for Word format Word
For full guidance and application form click here for PDF PDF


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Whats On:

We are developing the programme together with The Bridge Cultural Consortium, Stalybridge Town Team, Stalybridge Dance Schools, music groups, theatre and carnival organisations, local growing groups, schools and health centres. For more information about events during Stalybridge’s year of Town of Culture please click here
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