Following an extensive pilot last year, supporting over 50 young Mancunians towards more sustainable and prosperous futures, this January 2021 we are delighted to announce the launch of the Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund.

The fund aims to give young Mancunians a helping hand to take opportunities that may otherwise be out of their reach. Limited finances can be a barrier to many young people, and we recognise that a little financial support at the right time can make a big difference when starting out on a career, self-employment or learning path. 

We welcome requests for grants to purchase equipment, to fund training and accreditations, and to support other costs relating to moving into employment, education or training.


A defining feature of this launch is the extensive network including dozens of Manchester’s dedicated youth organisations that have signed up to the programme as Referral Partners. These partners are helping to identify young people who are in need of support, and encourage them to apply for a grant. Read our MRSF Partnership Flyer to learn more about what it means, and if your organisation is interested then please get in touch with our Grants Officer Marie (marie.o’ to discuss. Then dependent upon that conversation, proceed to fill out the MRSF Referral Partners sign-up form.

Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund Referral Partnerships Secured to date: 

The Manchester College, UCEN, Manchester Young Lives, Sale Sharks, Southway Housing, MCFC’s City in the Community, SENDcode, N-Gage and The Growth Company.

East Manchester Youth and Play Partnership – This partnership includes 4CT (Lead partner), Groundworks, Diane Modal Sports Foundation, Active Communities Network, Manchester Settlement, East Manchester Community Games, East Manchester Trust, LCCC Foundation, One Manchester, YPAC, The Water Adventure Centre and Safe Gorton.

North Manchester Youth Partnership – includes Manchester Youth Zone, MAD Theatre, Active Communities Networks, Nurturing Foundations, NTCG Cheetham Hill, and Wai Yin.



  • Provide grants to individual young Mancuninans, from £200 to £2,000
  • Make Manchester a fairer and more prosperous place to live, work and study for all our young people
  • Support young people whose financial or family circumstances put them at a disadvantage as they start their journey into adult life
  • Support applications which can make a long-term, sustainable difference to individuals’ future prospects

Our Basic Criteria:


  • Be aged 16-24
    • OR be aged up to 30 if you have personal experience of homelessness
  • Live in the City of Manchester
  • Be in employment (including self-employment), education or training 
    • OR Have an offer of employment, education or training
    • OR Have a clear goal and plan to move into an opportunity of employment, education or training
  • Demonstrate how your family or financial position puts you at a disadvantage

To apply, you should complete our simple application form which also needs the recommendation of a referee who can support your application. (This could be eg a social worker, tutor, Leaving Care Worker, counsellor, family support worker etc).


Before applying, please read the Grant Guidance to ensure you qualify.


To apply please find the Manchester’s Rising Stars Application Form here.


If you need more information, please email and we’ll get back to you quickly.


Good luck!

Our first MRSF Ambassador: Maria

Maria is a very bright young Mancunian, battling through huge obstacles to fulfil her ambition… Click here to read her story.

Manchester’s Rising Stars Grant Deadline Dates 2021

Deadline date  Board / Committee meeting 
5th Feb  18th Feb (Thursday) 10:30 
5th March  23rd March (Tues) 2:30 
2nd April   April 20th Board 
23rd April   12th May (Wed) 10:30 
28th May   16th June (Wed) 2:30 
25th June   July Board 13TH 
6th August   24th August (Tues) 2:30 
3rd Sept   22nd September (Wed) 10:30 
24th Sept   Oct Board 12TH 
5th November   25th November (Thursday) 2:30 
26th November   14th Dec (Tuesday PM) 10:30