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We help communities and individuals to grow and thrive

For those who are missing out on opportunities, or who want to improve their community, we can help. This page introduces our Grant and Bursary Programmes. We’re investing funds to individuals and groups who want to make a difference in Manchester. How can we help you.

Group Lecture

We Love MCR Stronger Communities Fund

We Love MCR Stronger Communities Fund is here to help local people to improve and bring together their communities. As well as offering funding of up to £2,000, we can also support projects with publicity, volunteers and even perhaps a visit from The Lord Mayor. To ensure we are fair, we have specific criteria which we use to judge all applications for support. Click here to find out how to apply online or with a downloadable form, and scroll down this page to see examples of previously successful applications. Good luck and thank you for the work you do for Manchester!

Women Practicing Yoga Outdoor

The Widows Empowerment Trust used their Stronger Communities Grant to pay for two sessional workers to go out directly to widows previously facing barriers to getting involved. The grant also allowed them to train and work with a larger number of volunteers to help them with their activities and support more of their community.

“Paying volunteer expenses encouraged volunteers to participate and get really involved. Recruiting 62 volunteers provided a greater number of opportunities with our service for The Widows. In addition. we were able to connect with more organisations. As a result, we were able to understand the need of widows better. The funding really helped our organisation to get more recognition and connect more in the community.”

Widows Empowerment Trust

Soccer Practice

Moston & District Sports & Youth Club

Moston & District Sports & Youth Club used the Stronger Communities grant to buy bibs, cones and other equipment, as well as the hiring of astroturf facilities to help support an ongoing coaching programme. The equipment helped the club to support local young people who are adversely affected by disadvantage and deprivation working with 300 young people, and 10 volunteers.

Manchester Cares

Manchester Cares are using their grant to provide “50 Days of Happiness” – 50 individual clubs over 2019 across Hulme and Longsight, bringing together older residents and younger ones to create an even greater sense of community.

In Hulme they’ve set up a popular monthly cooking club, and in Longsight they’ve got a BoxFit fitness club running for older residents. So far they’ve had over 200 attendees!

Senior Citizen Exercise Class
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