Due to extraordinary demand the We Love Manchester Large grant scheme is currently suspended and we are not accepting any new applications.  Please be advised that our small grants scheme remains open and we are welcoming applications. 

The total fund available in this new Large Grants Programme is £175,000 p.a.

We intend to fund substantial Projects which address one or more of our Objectives detailed here:


Objectives of the Large Grants Programme

Our Programme wants to attract Applications from organisations which propose Projects
that address one or more of these Themes:

I. HELPING IN THE EARLY YEARS – supporting children 0-4 years old, and their parents, to make the best start possible in terms of learning, health and/or nutrition

II. COMBATING LONELINESS AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION – supporting groups of people who are at risk of exclusion from community life. For example as a result of advanced age or disability

III. PROTECTING AND IMPROVING OUR OPEN SPACES – delivering work which ensures public spaces are maintained and improved for the benefit of local people, or expanding access to
open spaces for all members of the community

IV. OFFERING POSITIVE YOUTH ACTIVITIES – providing sustainable, structured programmes/activities to help communities of young people to live safely and successfully


We prefer to add funds to Projects which also benefit from other sources of funding, to maximise their opportunities for success.

You can apply for a one-off Grant for use immediately. And you can also apply for multiple year annual funding, for a 1, 2 or 3 year Project.

Minimum Grant Application value is £15,000 (one-off or per annum for up to 3 years)

Maximum Grant Application value is £70,000 (one-off or per annum for up to 3 years)

Please look at the links on this page to progress an Application. To make a start, download the Prospectus here! Once you’ve looked through that, download the Application Form and email your response to welovemcrcharity@manchester.gov.uk

Large grant deadline dates 2020

Completed application deadline

Trustee meeting date

6th March

7th April

5th June

7th July

4th September

6th October