The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) is one of the museum’s main funders.
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)
- Higher Education Funding Council for England
- Kenworthy’s Chambers
- Manchester City Council (MCC)
- National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT)
- National Union of Teachers (NUT)
- Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA)
- Thompsons Solicitors
- 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.