We are helping to support great projects in our communities
We have set aside an annual budget of £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.
One of the most recent projects which has benefited from taking up our Social Innovation Call was Touch Wood, a social enterprise which takes waste wood and up-cycles them to make exciting new furniture.
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.
Investment and support offers will be bespoke, involving co-design and development and they won't be subject to fixed funding rounds.
"Just go for it! Have a look on One Manchester’s website, make sure to register your interest and speak to Anton".
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.
Our latest innovation call is to tackle household food insecurity, for more information, click here.
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