The museum receives funding, grants, donations, sponsorship and ongoing support from a variety of individuals, organisations, companies and local and central government departments, which include/have included the following:
Allied London Properties
The Amicus section of Unite
Arts Council England
Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA)
British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)
The Clothworkers’ Foundation
The Co-operative Funeralcare
The Co-operative Group
Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS)/Wolfson Foundation
Department of Work & Pensions (DWP)
Fire Brigades Union (FBU)
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
Higher Education Funding Council for England
Manchester City Council (MCC)
National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT)
National Union of Teachers (NUT)
Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA)
TGWU section of Unite
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Major funders for the £12.5 million redevelopment of the museum (completed in early 2010) were:
Manchester City Council (MCC); committed the land adjacent to the Pump House and provided assistance towards the HLF Stage I application.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF); awarded £7.18 million in November 2007 after the museum successfully completed the Stage II application process.
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); both invested in the museum’s redevelopment.