Groundwork Greater Manchester launched their Eco-Streets competition in March 2021, providing opportunities to two Greater Manchester communities to each win £6,000 of funding and support from Groundwork’s Community Enablers and Architects to transform an un-used, un-loved area into a vibrant, green community space.   

This fantastic project aligns perfectly with our aims of making Manchester a greener city, a city that’s healthier and happier for our communities to live in. We decided to fund the Eco-Streets competition to enable them to support a further two communities from within the City of Manchester. This generous donation will bring more community ideas to life and will equip communities with the skills to design, install and maintain natural features to create community spaces which benefit people whilst also tackling climate change.

Our Chair of Trustees, Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Tommy Judge, said:

“Our aim is to improve lives and communities in Manchester. It’s our privilege to help to turn disused spaces into places for neighbours to use together.”

Eco-Street applications are now open to community groups or groups of residents, consisting of at least 3 people from different households. Transformable spaces could include Alleyways or ‘Ginnels’, Small Streets, Courtyards, Dis-used Allotments or Abandoned Park areas. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21st April at 5pm and winners will be announced towards the end of May 2021. For details on how to apply and more information about the competition please visit this webpage: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/hubs/greatermanchester/design-your-own-eco-street-with-6000-funding/ 

We can’t wait to keep you updated with the successful applicants, and then every brilliant green-fingered step of the way after that! We know there will be some incredible results at the end of this, and with Summer on the horizon it couldn’t come at a better time.

If you’re part of a group who are interested in doing similar projects in the City of Manchester, then please take a look at our Stronger Communities Fund and get in touch with us about making an application: https://www.welovemcrcharity.org/apply-for-funding/stronger-communities-fund/

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