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We Love MCR Charity Covid-19 Community Response Fund

We're giving money NOW to the amazing Manchester groups and charities responding to urgent community needs. Read on to learn more about the fund, and how we've responded so far.

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The Fund

We Love MCR are here to improve lives in Manchester, and we have responded immediately to help our communities in the Covid-19 Crisis.

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. Now more than ever we must support each other. We Love Manchester is coordinating the Campaign to get money to the Manchester groups and charities responding to urgent community needs.

The Covid-19 pandemic presents grave challenges for our city. There are hundreds of charities and community groups across Manchester that are taking action right now, to protect and support our most vulnerable neighbours. Our neighbours who are lonely, hungry, at risk or without a home need our help more than ever.

That’s where we have an opportunity to come together and help.

On Monday March 24th 2020, the day before the government announced the nationwide lockdown of all but essential services, we launched our COVID-19 Community Response Fund – this offers grants to community groups and charities that are supporting vulnerable people and communities on the front line right now.

We Love MCR has kicked off the Fund by giving £175,000 to the Fund immediately.

The Hut Group, one of Manchester’s biggest businesses, has also made an incredibly generous donation of £500,000 to our fund. This will help us to reach many more people facing challenges across our city.

And our huge thanks also go to the the Savannah Wisdom charitable foundation.  They have given £100,000 to our Fund, to address food poverty and to support vulnerable women and children through the Covid-19 crisis. 

How you can help

These brave organisations need cash to continue to do their great work. If you’re at home thinking about how you can help, please make a donation today. (We know many people are being hit financially by the crisis so please only give if you can afford to). 

Can you top up this Fund today?

We promise to get your gifts to the frontline immediately, by awarding cash grants to the local organisations doing this vital work.

Please donate via the We Love Manchester Covid Community Response Fund JustGiving page.

Text to Donate!

We have launched a text to donate function for our Covid-19 Community Response Fund, for those who find it easier donating through text.

To make a donation with this, simply text MANCHESTER 10 to 70470, to donate £10. You can donate any whole number amount from 1-20, so if you want to donate more or less then just change the number in the text! You can donate no more than £20 per text, and £30 per day. A follow-up text contains a link to a really quick and easy Gift Aid form, which will add an extra 25% to your donation for free, meaning we can help even more Manchester organisations dealing with this crisis on the frontlines.


Texts are charged at standard network rate.

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Grant Process

  1. Grant applications are sent to us using the We Love MCR Covid-19 Community Response Fund application form, downloadable via this link.

  2. Applications are shared with our trustees and a decision is made within 24 hours.

  3. Grant funds will be paid into successful applicant’s bank accounts urgently after the decision.

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