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Changing to mcc cultural partnership agreements

Changing to MCC Cultural Partnership Agreements

A new relationship between Manchester City Council and the city’s cultural organisations.

Joanne Johnston & Jenny Goodman

Culture Team

20th & 21st February 2012

Purpose of today
Purpose of today

To consult with you about the proposed changes, provide up-to-date information and have an opportunity for discussion, questions and feedback.

The background
The background

The development of the Cultural Ambition

Changes at ACE and AGMA

The changing financial context – reduction in resources and austerity measures

Other Manchester City Council priorities e.g. Community Strategy, focus on neighbourhood delivery

Rationale behind the process
Rationale behind the process

Effective and efficient

Open and transparent

Long-term investment and impact

Strategic delivery of high quality and diverse cultural activity

Development and encouragement of partnerships

What are we looking for
What are we looking for?

Strategic delivery partners

Three year negotiated agreements

Delivering the Cultural Ambition

Neighbourhood focus

Partnership driven (ecology of the sector)



Cultural Partners must….

Deliver against at least 1 of the themes of the Cultural Ambition plus show cross-over to other themes

Be a cultural organisation

Be based in Manchester with a track record of delivering to Manchester residents or be based outside Manchester but with a strong record of delivering to Manchester residents (“Manchester” is the City of Manchester)

Be a not-for-profit 3rd Sector organisation

Who cannot apply
Who cannot apply

Manchester City Council Strategically funded Cultural Partners


Public sector organisations i.e. local authorities, educational institutions, health authorities

How much and for how long
How much and for how long?

The total budget is expected to be £300,000 so advice is to apply for not more than £50,000

Agreements will run for approximately 3 years – from July 2012 to March 2015

Essential criteria
Essential criteria

Experience and existing knowledge of Manchester’s cultural sector

Neighbourhood delivery and existing knowledge/experience of Manchester’s local neighbourhoods/communities

Partnership working and collaboration


Good governance and sustainability

How your application will be scored
How your application will be scored

All applications must score at least 32% on content and 8% on Governance to be considered for funding.

Content (80%)

Cultural Ambition 40%

Neighbourhoods 24%

Partnerships 8%

Innovation 8%

Governance (20%)

Constitution and Governance 10%


Sustainability 10%

The decision making process
The decision-making process

Eligibility check


Advice from key partners (ACE & AGMA) & departments (Legal & Finance)


Moderation – consideration of “programme fit”


Decisions made

Appeals (on process)

Application form includes
Application form includes….

Details of your organisation

How your application will support Cultural Ambition & other priorities (neighbourhood focus, involvement in cultural sector, innovation, economic impact, partnerships)

Beneficiaries, outcomes, monitoring and evaluation

Budgets & finance of your application

Management & governance of your organisation

Equalities information on your organisation

Feedback from you to us


Consultation Closes March 22nd 2012

Application packs out 9th April

Applications submitted May 21st 2012

Decisions made by June 15th 2012

Cultural Partnership Agreements begin 1st July 2012 and run until March 2015