We give heart, hope and opportunity
to the people of Manchester,
when they need it most.
We are the only grant-giving charity dedicated to supporting the City of Manchester's communities and young people.
We support ambitious young Mancunians to take their next steps to success, and we support communities across Manchester to improve lives in their neighbourhoods. We love Manchester!
Our latest grant awards...
Each month our Trustees come together to award grants to tireless local organisations and ambitious young Mancunians, distributed through our two main Funds.
From a cultural festival in Chorlton, to an aspiring corporate lawyer from Harpurhey - click the link below to find out what We Love MCR made happen with our January awards!
Rising Star returns home with pro contract!
Kizzy Spence was one of our first ever Rising Stars we supported, when she was just 16.
Now, after 3 years of our support, she's achieved her dream of playing pro basketball in her hometown!
Firewalk fundraiser returns with a bang!
On January 25th, the only firewalk to ever take place in Manchester city centre returned in style.
70 brave ‘soles’ took the unique opportunity to walk on two lanes of fire in St. Ann’s Square, with a thumping live drum soundtrack. An unforgettable experience which raised over £26,000 for our work with Manchester's communities and young people.
Our core funds
Manchester's Rising Stars Fund
Our Fund helps young Mancunians to fulfil their potential. Many young people have a clear ambition, and a plan for how to succeed. But many of them also face barriers to their success, particularly financial barriers.
By awarding grants to ambitious young Mancunians, we remove the first hurdle that prevents them from fulfilling their ambitions – in qualifications, work and entrepreneurship.
Stronger Communities Fund
Our Stronger Communities Fund empowers local people to improve their own communities and spaces, whenever they are ready. We listen, and act on their inspiring ideas.
It is our longest standing fund, and with it we've supported hundreds of local groups & charities to deliver great work in Manchester's unbeatable communities!
Ready when Manchester needs us
Covid-19 Community Response Fund
We are a city that comes together to help each when things get tough. It is at the very heart of what it means to be Mancunian.
In that spirit, we responded immediately to the emerging pandemic in March 2020. We coordinated the campaign to get funds to the amazing Manchester organisations responding to urgent community needs in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.
At the height of the pandemic, we gave on average £7,900 every single day, for more than 100 days, to frontline Manchester groups & charities. By the time our Response Fund closed, we supported over 50,000 Mancunians by awarding almost £1,000,000 to over 300 frontline organisations in the city.
Read about the impact of the fund, and how we supported Manchester's vital voluntary sector during the darkest moments of the pandemic, at the links below.
MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund
Manchester is welcoming hundreds of Ukrainians fleeing war. You can donate to our Fund knowing that your gift will go straight to frontline groups providing evacuees with the vital support they need. Let's give them the warmest Manchester welcome.
Every penny raised will be shared immediately between charities and community groups working directly with Ukrainians arriving here. These groups are best placed to serve the urgent needs of people suffering trauma and arriving with nothing. Your generosity offers hope today.