Are you part of a group or an individual with exciting new plans to make a difference in your neighbourhood?

Our Community Soups can help to fund your project with up to £4,000 in funding available!

This year our Community Soups will be a little different. We'll be holding them virtually so that everybody can take part safely.

For this round of Soups we specifically want to hear from groups that can help to make a difference in Clayton or Ardwick! This can be by 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.

(You should consider projects that can be done safely and in line with Government guidance relating to Coronavirus.)

How does it work?

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.

We take a look at the applications and then make a shortlist based on how well the project matches up with our vision for our communities.

Four ideas will then 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.


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. The closing date for applications is Monday 19th October at midday.

We will then invite those we think will make the most difference to submit a pre-recorded pitch via video that explains their idea. You will need to send this to us by Tuesday 3rd November. We’ll provide guidance to get your four-minute pitch ready for the online community audience.