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 Sponsored Firewalk returns in January!
On January 25th, the ONLY firewalk to ever take place in Manchester city centre returns to St. Peter's Square!
If you dare join dozens of brave 'soles' to walk over 1000 degree coals whilst supporting We Love MCR's work for Manchester's communities and young people, then register for this unmissable event!
Click the link below for full event and registration info.
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 community cooking workshops, to classical singers - click the links below to find out what We Love MCR made happen with our July awards in both our Funds!
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
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.
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.