In addition to our general funding, we also have specific funds available to help due to issues caused by Coronavirus within our communities, take a look at the holiday hunger and Covid Recovery Investment panels below for more information on how to access the funds.
If you aren't sure which type of funding is right for your business or community group, or you just want advice or a chat, we're always here to help. Why not call 0330 355 1000 or email email@example.com and we will find the right person to help you.
Are you a group or individual with innovative plans to make a difference?
This can be making the best of local resources or public spaces, addressing environmental issues or helping improve people’s wellbeing. We want everyone in our communities to have the opportunity to access positive activities that promote health and wellbeing, bring the community together and help reduce loneliness and isolation.
The One Manchester Community Fund (Community Soups) was launched in 2015 and allows local community groups and businesses to pitch for up to £4,000 in funding to support their projects and voting takes place within the community. The final decision is made by the community, who vote for the idea they want to fund.
Applications are assessed internally for shortlisting and are judged on how well the project aligns with One Manchester's vision, whether the project is sustainable and how well the project demonstrates social innovation. Three ideas will be shortlisted. You will need to record your pitch by video should your project get shortlisted. Voting will take place online for anybody in the community to choose their favourite, with the most successful projects will be given funding.
For the Clayton area we partnered with Step Up MCR, East Manchester’s new place-based giving charity. Their aim is to connect people to enable ideas to flourish, grow the community and support giving - whether of time, funding, resources, space or expertise. For more information on the projects Step Up MCR is currently supporting, visit their website here.
By partnering with Step Up MCR to grow our Community Soup offer in Clayton we’re increasing Community Soup funding to an incredible £10,000 with one award of £4,000 and two awards of £2,000 and two awards of £1000 available to boost community-led projects in your neighbourhood.
Working with Step Up MCR, we will also add to the development support available at One Manchester to unleash the unlimited potential of the people and places that matter to you. This means that even if you are not awarded a grant, you could still receive the step up you need to make a difference in your community.
But how exactly does it work?
If you’ve got an idea to pitch at our soups, complete the form to tell us which area your project will benefit, more about your project and how it will make a difference.
We will then invite those we think will make the most difference to submit a pre-recorded pitch via video that explains their idea. We’ll provide guidance to get your four-minute pitch ready for the online community audience.
Applications for the latest round are currently closed. Our next application dates are yet to be confirmed.
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We want to hear from organisations in our area helping to meet community needs affected by COVID 19, particularly those most vulnerable, and to help organisations adapt and survive.
Our current investment priorities are:
Our priorities have been informed by research we conducted on the impact of COVID-19 on our local community infrastructure. A copy of our research report is available to download here.
Emergency response and survival grants of up to £5,000 are available to cover costs of delivering services relevant to our investment priorities above, or to support locally based organisations that are facing a significant and immediate threat a result of loss of income from COVID-19. Applications will be considered on a weekly basis with decisions on funding expected to take no more than 4 weeks.
Sustainability and Transformation grants of up to £20,000 are available to support locally based organisations, including community hubs, to plan, adapt, develop and implement services relevant to our investment priorities. They are intended to help ensure existing local organisations can meet changing community needs in new ways throughout and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. Expressions of interest will be considered weekly on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive an initial response within 4 weeks and a funding decision within 8 weeks.
Both funds are now closed whilst we review current submissions,
We encourage applications for grants of up to £250 from local community members, groups, voluntary organisations and projects that provide services benefitting areas where One Manchester has properties and that support our communities, improve our neighbourhoods and deliver local projects for local people in the following areas:
Beswick, Openshaw, Clayton, Gorton, Ardwick, Longsight, Levenshulme, Moss Side, Fallowfield, Hulme, Rusholme
If you’re looking for a larger grant, please see our Community Soup funding.
We can fund groups or projects which:
The Trust will not fund projects which only benefit only one person, political / religious activities, nor building or capital work or projects with no element of community involvement. For further details or for clarification please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be reviewed on the last Monday of every month and need to be with us the day before. Applications received on the review day will be considered in the next month. You will be advised of the decision by email within that same week.
We have set aside £150,000 to invest in projects that have the potential to significantly impact on our social priorities and we want to allocate grants and/or loans to the best ideas, as well as offering other support.
Our social innovation calls are designed to generate solutions to specific social problems that are an issue in our areas, but that we know require fresh thinking as the current model isn't working for everyone.
For more information on social innovation calls, please click here.
Sometimes it’s more valuable to help community groups and organisations to crowdfund to get their projects off the ground or take them to the next level. That’s why we’ve provided support to more than 30 community groups wanting to learn how crowdfunding can help them raise funds and support for their projects and activities.
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is a way of raising money by using the internet, social media and local connections to ask lots of people for a small amount of money each. People choose to give money because they believe in the cause, so it can be a great way for community projects to get off the ground. Projects can choose to thank people for their contributions by providing rewards such as tickets to events or public ‘thank yous’. Crowdfunding campaigns can also create great publicity for your project and there are often match funding pots available.
If you have a project in our communities you think might benefit from a crowdfunding campaign but don’t know where to start; if you’re wondering whether you should apply to pitch at one of our Community Soups; or you want to see whether there are other ways in which One Manchester can support your project, please phone our Community Development team on 0330 355 1000 or email email@example.com
Here at One Manchester, we are always looking at ways to support new and growing businesses in our area and we have allocated £50,000 to do just that. For more information on our social investment strategy, click here.
To kick off 2020, we will be investing in the best business ideas that will support our communities. We are offering:
Interested? Check out the information below or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and some brief information, and we'll call you back.
Please note: Applications are currently closed and will reopen in January 2020.
Who can apply?
What sort of proposals will be considered?
What we will consider funding:
What we won’t fund:
We are working with other partners who can provide support or grants to local enterprises.
If you would like to find out more about other support available please contact our business support advisor, Wayne Wilson:
Tel: 0161 227 1294
Mob: 07471 142 875
The other partners we are working with are:
Between us we will seek to refer applicants to other relevant sources of support including.
If you would like to be added to our email list to find out about other external funding streams, email email@example.com with the title 'Funding list' and provide the following details:
For information about other support available to local organisations see Manchester Community Central, click here.
Within One Manchester we have a range of expertise relating to:
Plus, many other areas where we can support you. If your organisation would like our support to develop and grow, we are happy to speak to you about how we can help.
For more information on courses and events that are run to help businesses, please click here.