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We are



 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!

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Learn how we give heart to Manchester 


Find out how to apply for funding here

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Explore our unique fundraising events for 2024!


Meet the We Love MCR team and leadership


Give a one-off or regular gift to support our work


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.

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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! 


Spotlight stories

Welcome to the new Lord Mayor, our Chair of Trustees!

We Love MCR Charity is delighted to welcome Councillor Paul Andrews as our new Chair of Trustees, following his investiture as the 126th Lord Mayor of Manchester at Full Council on Wednesday 15th May.

Learn more about We Love MCR's Chair in the story below:

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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 Africa Day 2024 in Moston, to an aspiring teacher from Moss Side - click the link below to read the fourteen stories that We Love MCR funding created in April!


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.

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