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As we reach the end of our Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond exhibition, we’re finding out a little bit more about our funders the Granada Foundation and the work that they do. 

The following post from Irene Langford of the Granada Foundation tells us a little bit more about the organisation. Irene coordinates the day-to-day running of the foundation, liaising with applicants and providing information and advice.

Who are the Granada Foundation?

The Granada Foundation was established in 1965 through the generosity of Sidney and Cecil Bernstein. It was set up to encourage the study and appreciation of the arts and sciences and to promote education, with a particular focus on the North West of England. The Foundation’s advisory council is made up of experts who live and work in the region, and meets three times a year to consider applications.

Picture of Sidney Bernstein, Baron Bernstein

Sidney Bernstein, Baron Bernstein

Who have they funded?

The Foundation have awarded over £5 million in grants so far, mainly to small charitable organisations. However, they have also made significant awards to other major North West organisations such as HOME, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and the new Storyhouse in Chester.

How do projects get selected?

The Foundation looks for imaginative proposals from organisations (preferably with charity status) that will make the region a better place to live and work. New projects are obviously favoured, but the Foundation will support festivals and other annual events, on the understanding that such support is not automatically renewable.

The Foundation welcomes applications from science organisations in the North West. The next meeting will take place in Autumn 2017.

How do organisations apply?

More information can be found on the Foundation’s website.

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