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.

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.

Grant Process

  1. Grant applications are sent to us using the We Love MCR Covid 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.

SUCCESSFUL GRANTS SO FAR – £10,125.28 OF FUNDS RELEASED

Mustard Tree – Ancoats

Mustard Tree are a charity that deliver a range of activities to tackle poverty and prevent homelessness across Manchester.

Many of their service users are particularly high risk if they contract Coronavirus, and they support people most at risk from the economic impacts of the crisis e.g. people in insecure jobs and at risk of eviction.

During the Covid-19 crisis they are staying open, operating as key workers under the categories of food distribution and leading front-line services as per the latest Government guidance.

They have been awarded £3,000 going towards the direct costs of their Covid-19 relief activities such as food, cleaning materials and equipment.

Check their website: mustardtree.org.uk

Greater Manchester Law Centre – Levenshulme

GM Law Centre provide free face to face legal support to Manchester residents regarding social welfare law, specifically welfare benefits, housing and homelessness advice and employment law.

They have halted all face to face enquiries and are providing advice via telephone and email. They’re currently dealing with urgent referrals from both Manchester City Council & Booth Centre regarding action where landlords are rushing through evictions (as the new laws protecting tenants aren’t in effect) and also homelessness cases where people are struggling to be homed because the virus restrictions will not allow multiple occupation in emergency accommodation.

They successfully applied to We Love MCR for a grant to buy laptops and video-conferencing software, allowing them to continue as many appointments as possible, assisting highly vulnerable clients protecting these individuals, their staff and volunteers.

Check their website: gmlaw.org.uk

EUROPIA – Hulme

Europia provide diverse support to European UK residents in Manchester, who have English as a second language and often find difficulty exercising their rights – which is where Europia come in.

They’re creating Government medical guidance resources in European languages to help vulnerable ESL residents access vital services during the crisis, as these did not exist before they had their worries raised by Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan in the Houses of Parliament.

Clients have been contacting Europia due to their place of work closing down. With the closures of Citizen’s Advice & other organisations, their referrals have risen drastically, needing stronger infrastructure to work remotely & efficiently to support clients who could become destitute & potentially homeless.

Their grant will be used to purchase video editing software for the creation of multi-language medical guidance resources, and remote working software to work with clients efficiently & within Government Guidance.

Check their website: europia.org.uk

Talk, Listen, Change Charity

Talk, Listen, Change (@TLC_charity) is an organisation providing face to face services – counselling, therapy, domestic abuse services and community projects including volunteering services.

Since these services can no longer take place in person due to government advice following Covid-19, TLC have decided to adapt all of these to be carried out over the phone and by video call, rather than suspend their vital activities.

 

The £1,000 grant awarded to TLC will allow the organisation to continue to provide services for vulnerable Manchester residents, which will become ever more crucial as the weeks turn into months. The Covid-19 crisis could create a higher need for personal and relationships counselling, and may see a spike in instances of domestic abuse.

The Covid-19 Community Response Fund will help to cover the cost of the delivery of counselling sessions under the increased demand caused by the crisis, ensuring that the organisation can continue to run and respond to these urgent situations, even where service users cannot afford to pay for sessions due to loss of pay or unemployment caused by the virus.