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The Trust makes grants ranging in size and scope from under £1,000 to over £1m across our five areas of interest. Grants can be one-off, but the majority are multi-year commitments. We primarily support organisations that are located and/or deliver charitable activity in the North of England, and we generally support around 80 projects per year. Please see the full list of organisations that were supported by the OCT in 2019/20 here.

There are some organisations and activities that we do not fund: more information on exclusions can be viewed here.

Our giving at a glance: 2019/20

£3,188,306 in grants

77 grants given

60 organisations funded

4 new grantees

Our Giving Areas

As a family Trust, we are keen to use our energy and resources on projects and issues that we are passionate about. Our Giving Areas reflect the Trustees’ personal, philanthropic interests, and all of the projects we support have a significant, particular resonance for one or more of the Trustees.

All our Giving Areas and funded projects share common features. In addition to being passionate interests of the Trustees, all are areas in which: we feel that we can add value – beyond the financial – to work that is already underway;  we can help make a positive impact; there is clear need for support.

Maggie’s Manchester

New centre, opened April 2016

Octagon Theatre

Site redevelopment, planned reopening mid 2020

Royal Exchange Theatre

The Den, launched 2019

Halle St Peter's

The Oglesby Centre, opened 2019

The University of Manchester

Paterson Redevelopment: Comprehensive Cancer Research Facility

Chetham's School of Music

Refurbished school dormitories, completed 2019

RHS Bridgewater, Salford

Opening in 2020, drawing by Tom Stuart-Smith

Think Ahead Stroke Wigan and Leigh

Ashland House redevelopment, 2019

The Oasis Centre, Gorton

A purpose-built day centre, opening 2020

S!CK Festival

Mats Staub, ‘Death and Birth in My Life’, 2019 Photo by Tim Harrison

John Rylands Library

Bespoke chairs made by Peter Hall & Sons, 2006

Mustard Tree

The Big Rebuild, completed 2018

The Woodland Trust

Smithills Estate car park, 2018

Walk the Plank

Cobden Works creative hub in Salford, completed in 2017

Royal Northern College of Music

Concert Hall redevelopment and The Oglesby Balcony, 2014

The Mango Tree

Girls' Boarding School, Kenya, 2019

Gorton Monastery

Health and wellbeing space, 2016

Manchester Museum

hello future transformation, for completion in 2021

Manchester Cathedral

Hope window, by Alan Davis, 2016

Whitworth Art Gallery

‘Plato's Disco’ sculpture by David Batchelor, 2008

The University of Manchester

Martin Harris Centre: Alice Kettle ‘Birth of Motives’ wall hangings, 2011

John Rylands Library

'Totem' by Derek Hunt, 2010

Whitworth Art Gallery

Anya Gallaccio, ‘Tree’ installation, 2016