Social Innovation Calls

 

Calling all social entrepreneurs

One Manchester is an innovative organisation that values an imaginative approach to problems. We are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to invest, create partnerships and bring people together in ways that will have a long lasting and positive impact on our communities. 

We call this social innovation and this year we would like to receive expressions of interest from organisations and individuals that have ideas, knowledge and skills that will help us to develop sustainable approaches that will improve our neighbourhoods and change people's lives.

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.

Investment and support offers will be bespoke, involving co-design and development and they won't be subject to fixed funding rounds.

We are not currently taking applications for Social Innovation Calls, but please contact us if you have an idea that you think would support our social priorities.

It is our way of reaching out to other organisations, agencies, or individuals.

We want to talk to people with an interest in working in our communities, who want to develop new projects or ways of working that will help us to meet our social priorities.

We see these calls as the starting point, allowing us to have a conversation about the best ways to improve our areas (and the opportunities for the people that live there) through partnership working. 

Each call seeks to address a specific issue that we've identified as something we want to change.

Each innovation call has a simple expression of interest form that captures details about you, or your organisation.

We will ask about your ideas and proposals and the resources that you think you have or need to test and implement them.

We will respond to all expressions of interest and we will follow up to discuss the ideas that we might like to invest in.

This is not a standard grant programme with set funding amounts and deadlines.

The innovation calls are a starting point for a conversation with us. We will consider specific funding arrangements appropriate to the scale, ambition and risks associated with your proposals.

The best proposals will be invited in to discuss their ideas further and if necessary, we will help you to identify what you need to develop your idea further and put together a simple investment proposal that is appropriate to your circumstances.

Larger investment proposals will be presented to our board for funding decisions.

We anticipate making investments of between £5,000 and £150,000.

We are not currently taking applications for Social Innovation Calls, but please contact us if you have an idea that you think would support our social priorities.