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For some years now Bolton Arts Forum has been able to give small grants of up to £500 to groups and individuals for projects and training through a grant via Bolton Council from Manchester Airport.

Successful projects have included music workshops for young people; purchasing video equipment for a youth group to make a film; a community group making a banner for their centre; groups creating a website; making props for a show and training a group in the use of equipment. Photographs on the web pages are from groups who have benefitted from such grants.

At the 2009 AGM members of BAF asked for successful grant applications to go on the website. Below are some taken at random from the files:

The Marco Players were given funding for the actors in Brassed Off to learn how to mime realistically as brass players and the conductor. This involved rehearsals with the band.

Brassed Off - The Marco Players

Blackrod Art Group received funding for a radio microphone amplification system to be used by speakers and demonstrators at the group’s weekly meetings. It can also be used by other groups using the hall.

Bank Street Writers had funding for a workshop on Colour Writing.

The Parents Support Group of Bolton Youth Orchestra were funded for promotional materials for a concert of Bolton, Paderborn and Le Mans Youth Orchestras.

Our Voice developed a website for a group that champions the writing of excluded young people. The website encourages them to use their skills in a positive way.

St Paul’s Amateur Dramatic Society had funding for a blue backcloth that could be used by other groups using the stage.

Bolton Digital Photographic Society were awarded a grant to buy frames for exhibitions. The photograph below is from an exhibition at Harwood Library in January 2010. The exhibition could also be seen at Farnworth Library in May and at Bolton Art Gallery in February 2011.

Bolton Digital Photographic Society

There are also training grants:

Bolton Catholic Musical & Choral Society asked for a training grant when they were performing The King and I. They needed the adults involved to be aware of the Children’s (Performance) Regulations, and the two appointed Matrons had to know what was expected of them.

Rock It! Collective had a grant for members of the group to receive training in music leading skills in order to help them run activities for other young people.

New Rosemere had two open workshops for people to learn and practice G&S choruses to encourage more people to join the society.

CATS Youth Theatre applied for funding to help a young member who had been successful in an audition for a Youth Music Theatre summer school.

Mojo Community Arts were given funding to train volunteers on how to use the Soundfloor. This is made up of 80 coloured pressure points that can be programmed to make different sounds and is used with children who are disabled, have mental health problems or learning difficulties.

Grants For Groups

We are pleased that Manchester Airport funding for arts projects for voluntary and community groups is in place for 2018/19.

The closing date for this round of funding is 5.00pm Friday 20 September 2019.

You can download the application below and email it to the secretary.

Funding is for a maximum of £500 and your project should not have started before the deadline date. The committee will normally meet within 10 days of the deadline and you will be notified about the result after the meeting.

You can download the form here:

Word Documnet BAF project grant form - Word document

Training Grants

There are also training grants available. If individuals from your group or even the whole group would like some training, such as employing someone to teach sword fighting for a production of Romeo and Juliet, or to train people on a piece of equipment that will help children with learning disabilities enjoy music, then this is for you. Individuals can request up to £125, but if the training is for the whole group, you can apply for £500. There is a different form for this and we try to get a decision back to you as soon as possible.

NB Any group working with children or vulnerable adults should comply with legislation. For more information see:

You can apply for a grant for groups of up to £500 and training for individuals within groups of up to £125.

You can download the form here:

Word Documnet BAF training grant form - Word document

The applications will be dealt with as soon as possible.


DBBC Certificate presentation ceremony.

DBBC Certificate presentation ceremony.

Bolton Art Studios.

Bolton Art Studios.