As it stands, we have approved over 220 grants across the City of Manchester from our Covid-19 Community Response Fund. These range from supported accommodation for rough sleepers & emergency funds for domestic abuse charities, to groups keeping our school-age children unable to attend schools engaged and active & local groups sending out activity packs to isolated elderly members of their communities.


The following list is a live documentation of all the groups we’ve awarded grants to so far, and it will keep increasing! They’re in A-Z order, and will state the area of Manchester they operate in (North, Central, South or City-Wide) as well as the remit of the organisation. Some will have stories attached, so please click to learn more about their role in Manchester’s response to Covid-19.

List is accurate as of June 10th 2020.

Organisation Area of Manc – North, Central, South, City-wide Brief Description of Request
4CT North Operate x6 virtual play therapy sessions to 5 vulnerable young people
A6 Partnership (Lead partner M13) Central Increased detached youth work sessions
Abbey Taphouse / Steam Hubs Pub Central New fridges and freezer, PPE, phone credit and other costs
Abraham Moss Community school Foodbank North Food
African Voices Moston North Food membership (Fareshare), Venue hire and equipment
Age Exchange North Staff costs for worker when current funding ends in June
Age UK City Wide Food supplies
AKT (Formerly Albert Kennedy Trust) City Wide Support for young people who are LGBT+ via mobile phones and credit and access to emergency accommodation
Ananna City Wide Laptop to support and 3 month zoom cost (they have removed the request for phones and credit)
Antz Junction City Wide Technology for x4 people who live in MCR vulnerable people
Apostles and St Cuthberts Church – Church of the Apostles North Fareshare membership
Aquarius Centre Central Jigsaws, colouring books and pens and books for isolating and vulnerable tenants
Ardwick and Longsight Food bank Central Food Poverty Relief
ARMR Central Food and Kitchen hire costs
Back on Track City Wide Phones for staff, printing and postage costs, Wellbeing materials and flexible fund to support client to purchase phones for example
Barlow Moor Community Association Central Technology for vulnerable residents to be able to access support and services and PPE equipment
Barnabus City Wide Supplies and van costs
Barrakah Food Bank Central Food supplies
Being There City Wide Identified families who need food parcel support Technology for workers to work remotely
Benchill community centre South Food supplies and van to continue food bank and delivery service
Bennet Street TARA Central Food parcels and hygiene products
Big Manchester Partnership (Lead partner Barnardo’s) North Manchester The application details the need to support families by providing technology and stimulation to increase the quality of support provided to young people.
Blossom Foundation North Laptops and phone to support young women remotely
Bridging the Gap Central Food and staff costs
Burnage Good Neighbours South Request for phones, IPADS (which they will us now and use for digital training when they are up and running again) to remotely support their clients and x2 shopping trolley to distribute food.
C of E Children’s Society City Wide The application proposes to fund an additional 0.55 FTE therapeutic practitioner to support the Resolve counselling service. This will allow parenting/carer interventions to be provided in conjunction with any counselling offered to children and young people and will be offered as part of our assessment process to all parents/carers.
Can Survive UK City Wide Small grants to give out to cancer suffers
Cancer Care Diaspora City Wide Support for BAME cancer sufferers including African food, support at appointments and practical support
Caribbean and African Health Network City Wide Culturally specific food, staff costs and equipment (Confirmed staff costs are new staff costs)
Caritas Older People’s Service North Meals for 20 most vulnerable clients and postage costs for others
Caritas Refugee City Wide Internet for refugees to access ESOL classes
Cash for Kids  City Wide Financial support for families at £35 per family in Manchester administered though social workers , teachers etc
Centrepoint City Wide Cheap tablets, internet dongles, phones with credit to give out to isolated young people in need at their discretion
Charlestown Action Group North Food, craft and printing and costs
Chatterbox project North Food
Cheetham Hill Advice Centre North Staff costs for language specialist
Christian Restoration Manchester North Food for food parcels, volunteer and admin costs
Church of England Wythenshawe South Items to send to include in ‘Spaces of welcome’ to reduce isolation
Church of The Apostles / Barnabus Central Food Poverty Relief
Citizens advice Manchester City Wide Technology costs to allow advice staff to work remotely. (Quote for specific laptops requested)
City in the Community (CITC) City Wide The application proposes to deliver printed resources to young people detailing six weeks’ worth of work, books and IT to care leavers identified by MCC. They propose the project to attract match funding from premier league.
Community Revival UK City Wide Technology for tutors and students to offer courses online.
Compassion Food Bank Central Food Poverty Relief
Cornerstone Central Equipment for takeaway food service for homeless people
Cracking Good Food City Wide Staff costs and materials to continue food delivery service
Creative City England City Wide Equipment to set up a podcast project with young people and for young people
De Paul City Wide Staff support to support organisation to cover sickness to ensure their hostels are fully staffed
DMSF City Wide Sessional staff costs to deliver a weekly open debate and deliver life skills accredited award
Dynamic Support of Greater Manchester City Wide Food Poverty Relief
East Manchester Play and Youth Partnership (Lead partner 4CT) Central/North Support needs for isolated refugee care leavers who are likely to be further affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
Emerge City Wide Contribution to new staff costs for 6 weeks
Emmeline’s Pantry City Wide Food Poverty Relief
Ethnic Forum Central Technology costs to enable staff to work from home to provide advice services
Europia City Wide Technology costs and emergency food
Families Against Violence Central/ North Technology support for vulnerable young people
Family Action North Activity packs and essential baby packs
Family Action Food Club City Wide Food and delivery costs
FC United North Food
Gaddum City Wide Grants to allow care leavers to access technology via grants given to staff
Gateway Debt advice M40 North Technology costs to enable home working
Gorton Visual Arts Group Central Art supplies and staff costs for artists
Great Angels Foundations City Wide Staff support and costs, food
Great Minds Together Central Staff costs remote support for SEND children
Greater Manchester Law Centre City Wide They propose to develop a ‘Tenancy lifeline project’ to increase capacity in the voluntary sector by providing training, advice and support. They will also provide advice and advocacy via a housing solicitor to those in need
Greater Together Manchester City Wide Food Poverty Relief
Greengate and Hollingwood Neighbourhood Watch Scheme North Food packages for local area
Groundworks City Wide Groundworks are providing support for young people via their Achievement Coaching mentoring model and finding need is outstripping supply. The funding will pay for an additional 400 hours of staff time over the next 6 months to provide telephone and online support for young people experiencing emotional resilience, loneliness and isolation. 30 young people have been identified that need the the service immediately from their own groups and they aim to work with 45 young people in total.
Healthy Me, Healthy Communities North/Central Wellbeing packs to send to vulnerable people
Heart and Parcel City Wide Equipment to film and live stream cooking and ESOL (English as a second language) classes. Watchers are able to interact with classes. Beneficiaries included migrants, asylum seekers and refugees
Henshaws City Wide Staff Costs
Highway Hope Central Food and delivery costs
His Church Charity City Wide Food Poverty Relief
Home start City Wide Food, Nappies, formula, toiletries
Homes of Hope South and North Food, mobile phone cost, emergency fund for clients
Homestart City Wide Funding to increasing the hours of a family support worker to offer support to those on the waiting list.
Hope for Justice City Wide Increased costs for interpreting services
Hope Mills Theatre City Wide Support put on an online production
Humankind North Items for residents rooms – fridge, microwave and kettles for self-isolation and minimise mixing in communal areas
Humans MCR City Wide Food
Independent Choices City Wide The application requests funding for staff support and costs to support this likely increase.
Irk Community school North Fareshare membership for food and fuel costs
Justlife Foundation Central Phones and credit / data for clients
KYSCO Central X15 mobile phones, phone credit, prizes and postage
Lakeside CIC North Period and incontinence products
Levenshulme Inspire Central Contribution to food costs, cleaning materials and phone line re-direction
Levenshulme Youth project South Equipment for remote working, tablets for x6 families without one, Journals for young people and zoom membership
LGBT Foundation City Wide Cost for telephone support and emergency supplies
Lifted Carer centre Central and South Technology costs to enable staff to support clients via phone and post.
Living Stones Educational Trust North Educational material that children would normally have at homework club (stationary, craft resources, books etc) to be given to children at home. Beneficiaries are low income families with some SEN children
Louise Da-Coccodia Education Trust Central Hot Food and delivery
MAD theatre company North Staff costs, zoom costs, room hire and props for celebration / performance at the end
Make Lunch South Manchester South Food and related costs to make lunches for children
Manchester Metropolitan University City Wide To financially assist students from low income backgrounds via their hardship funds
Manchester Migrant Solidarity City Wide Food, PPE, costs and phone top up for vulnerable people
Manchester Mind – Good Food Mood City Wide Food Poverty Relief
Manchester Rape Crisis City Wide Requested technology (phones, laptops and IT support) to help staff work remotely and continue vital support and counselling sessions
Manchester Refugee Support Network City Wide Laptops x 4
Manchester secondary PRU City Wide Books and art supplies for young people
Manchester Urban diggers City wide Equipment to grow food for community
Manchester Womens Aid (MWA) Pankhurst Trust City Wide They are applying for 8 ‘Move on Packs’ to support 8 families.
Manchester Youth Zone (North Manchester Partnership) North Manchester They have identified 50 young people who are in need of targeted support. They have confirmed this support can be carried out with sessional worker or by un-furloughing staff as it’s a new piece of work.
Mancunian Way City Wide Staff costs and vehicle costs to support street based youth engagement
MASH City Wide Technology costs and food
MCR cares City Wide Staff costs and materials
Melissus Project Central Support and activity packs for people with complex / housing needs
Migrant Destitution Fund City Wide Fund to support migrants via referrals via MCR based agencies
Mind City Wide Technology to enable home working and set up a helpline
Mood Swings City Wide Technology costs for staff to work remotely
Morning Star Hostel Central Furnishing hostel to provide emergency accommodation
Myriad Foundation North Food supplies, storage, van hire, activities for children
Nasfat North Food, toiletries, misc. fund
Nephra Good Neighbours North Meals on Wheels service
North Manchester Group Partnership North Staff costs to continue offering advice and support to North Manchester.
North Road Living Social Groups North Kindles, DAB radios and craft activities
North West Youth Theatre North Staff costs – Loss of income and staff currently being paid from reserves
Nurturing Foundations North IT Equipment for Young people to be supported remotely and new staff costs to support this
Odd Arts City Wide Activity packs for at risk young people
Old hall Quilters North Fabric and items to continue to make comfort bag for new NHS hospital including eye masks and scrubs bags
Olive Pathway South Technology costs and Taxi fund
On Point Fitness North Equipment and costs to keep offering free fitness classes to children
On Top of the World Central Staff costs, phone, gas and electric top up, food costs
Open Kitchen City Wide Food Poverty Relief
Parish of the Good Shepard and St Barnabus North Food
Pathfinder Church North Food
People First Manchester City Wide Craft materials to engage virtually with their service users
PIE (Pursuing individual excellence) South Costs (Including staff costs) to provide leaning and activity packs for 270 children
Proper Job Theatre company City Wide Providing health and wellbeing support remotely.
Proud to be Parents City Wide Request for support to redesign website to be more interactive and offer online activities
Rainbow Haven City Wide Technology for staff to work remotely
Rainbow Surprise North Food Poverty Relief
Rapid Relief City Wide Food for foodboxes for families
Reach out to the community South Volunteers cost, food costs and cleaning items
Revive North Food supplies and costs for travel
Revolution Youth King Church South Food supplies
Ronald McDonald house City Wide Contribution to costs of running the house
Roy Castle Lung Foundation City Wide Expansion of support service for Lung cancer patients
Safety for Sisters City Wide Accommodation and food costs for migrant Women who are being asked to leave or not able to access emergency accommodation as its closed and are likely to become destitute or remain in violent relationships
Salvation Army North Food and fuel costs for delivery
Send care City Wide Staff costs to deliver remote programme to autistic young people
Sheikh Nazim Helping Hands CIty Wide Food supplies
Sierra Leone Organisation of GM City Wide Food and equipment to provide meals and support to vulnerable people
Smithys bereavement group North Puzzles, books, craft activities and x2 phones for members
Somali Advice Link City wide Protective clothing, cooked meals, volunteer and staff expenses, contingency and emergency fund
St Ann’s Hospice GM IPADs x2 to enable consultants who are self-isolating to provide care remotely, PPE and clinical waste removal
St Cross Food Bank North Food
St Pauls C of E South Food and costs
Starling City Wide Wellbeing workshops for neurodiverse young people
Step Together City Wide Staff costs to enable support to continue remotely in Manchester
Swan Kitchens – Back On Track Central Food Poverty Relief
The Boaz Trust City Wide Equipment for staff to work remotely
The Booth Centre City wide Activity packs and phones (inc credit) for homeless people
The Bread and Butter Thing City Wide Food Poverty Relief
The Clay Studio Central Delivering clay kits to vulnerable tenants in p’ship with One Manchester
The Lalley Centre in Collyhurst North Emergency Supplies and Travel Cost
The Mens Rooms City Wide Arts costs, contributions to staff cost
The Movez Movement South Ipads x5 for young people in MCR to access support, costs and training.
The Mustard Tree City Wide Food and Cleaning Supplies
The Place at Platt Lane Central Activities for people self-isolating
The Proud Trust City Wide To create a virtual LBGT centre. Costs include staff costs and zoom membership and promotion
The Rivers City Wide This application enables The River to move 50 families in Manchester to safety and provide furniture for their new accommodation for free.
The Salvation Army Openshaw North Food Poverty Relief
The Shaw Centre North Equipment for virtual activity centre
The Tree of Life South Food Poverty Relief
ThickSkin Production City Wide Data bursaries for Young people
Thomas Regan Social Fun Central Activity Packs
Thrive South Activity packs and Staff costs
TLC – Talk, Listen, Change City Wide Cost for remote counselling sessions
TLC ST Lukes Central Manager costs to enable service to continue
Together Dementia Support City Wide Books, arts and craft Materials
Together One City Wide Equipment to film and share sessions for service users with emotional and mental health issues. Equipment also to burn DVDS and post to those without internet access.
Tree of life South Food, admin and vehicle costs
Unity Radio City Wide Project to work with Young people linked with MCC children services to produce safety messages to be broadcast (remotely)
Utopia North Zoom membership, new insurance to cover online classes and gymnastics mats for classes to continue
Venture Arts Central IPADS x6 for learning disabled clients to continue to create supported by artists remotely
Visit from the Stork City Wide Volunteer expenses, Items for babies
Visit from the Stork (Second Submission) City wide Items for parents (nappies, formula, teething gel etc) and volunteer costs
W’shawe Good Neighbours South Cakes and volunteers costs to offer support older people
Warm Hut City Wide Interactive classes and support for children of asylum seekers / refugees
WAST City wide Financial grants for women who are seeking asylum or destitute so they can access food, credit and medicines. Money ring-fenced for MCR clients only.
Well of Hope North Food Poverty Relief
Westcott Community Centre South Non-food groceries (Toothpaste, cleaning products etc) to support food packs already being distributed
Whalley Range Community Forum Central Clean and safe packs
Widows Empowerment Trust North Sessional workers
Will Griffiths Tenants Association Central Radios for tenants and activities
Women Matta City Wide Mobile phones, activity packs, food parcels, Postage costs
Wonderfully Made women North To produce pidgin English documents for approx. 40 African Women
World Harvest Christian Centre North Sessional staff for homework club, support for families to ensure they can meet employers, games and console and volunteer expenses
WWTW City Wide Staff support for increased services
Wythenshawe Safespots South Emergency accommodation and provision for women fleeing domestic violence
Yarran North West City Wide They are seeking support to deliver on-line services offering befriending sessions, helplines, mentoring staff and local residents, as well as offering mental health sessions, one to one support over phone, skype, digital platforms and support groups to support 98 people.