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Community projects We Love MCR funded in May!

Each month, our Trustees come together to award grants from our two core funds. The 'Stronger Communities Fund' (SCF), where we seek applications from community groups looking to make a difference in their area, and the 'Manchester's Rising Stars Fund' where we award grants supporting ambitious young Mancunians.


In May, we awarded 12 SCF grants totalling £44,307 our biggest ever award of community projects in one go! Here is the full list of those fantastic local initiatives, and we look forward to sharing further details about them with you over the month.


Award: £3,520

Project: Fitness and netball sessions for refugees and asylum seekers.

Location: City-wide


Award: £3,410

Project: 12 months of forest school for local children

Location: Moss Side


Project: Building an allotment kitchen to use for years to come

Award: £4,000

Location: Levenshulme


Project: Confidence-building and mental health workshops through performing arts.

Award: £3,780

Location: Blackley


Project: A community-led summer festival at the heart of Beswick - “Belonging to Beswick Handmade Parade”

Award: £3,500

Location: Ancoats, Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw


Project: 6 months support for two community choirs – one for new parents and one for those suffering from poor mental health.

Award: £3,997

Location: Levenshulme


Project: Repeat funding of their free, high-quality, sustained music lessons to children and young people experiencing financial or social barriers.

Award: £4,000

Location: Longsight


Project: Dedicated cost of living radio shows

Award: £3,864

Location: Broadcasting across South/Central Manchester


Project: The development of a volunteer service to support housebound older people in the community.

Award: £3,856

Location: Moss Side and surrounding areas


Project: Wellbeing sessions for Black women

Award: £2,580

Location: North Manchester


Project: Creative art and wellbeing activities using Henna Tattooing

Award: £3,850

Location: Longsight


And finally, a closer look at one of our grant recipients from May and we look forward to sharing more over the coming weeks:


Irish Community Care Manchester have supported the extensive Irish community across our city for over 30 years. They offer a range of vital services and projects, such as advocacy and support, assistance for Traveller Communities, three weekly lunch groups citywide to combat social isolation and loneliness, and promote wellbeing through exercise, dance, and connection. Additionally, ICCM focuses on digital inclusion, volunteering, and arranging burials for individuals without next of kin.


Man walking through allotment vegetable beds

One of those projects is a community allotment in Levenshulme, a true Irish heartland in South Manchester, which they use to reconnect many older members with their roots and heritage in rural Ireland. The benefits of this are many, from reducing social isolation and providing health benefits, but needs renovation and investment to get it back to being flourishing space and for people to come to sit, enjoy, to grow vegetables, flowers and simply to come together and enjoy the community space.


ICCM applied to us for a grant of £3,950 for allotment renovation costs, which we were delighted to award. This is a wonderful project we can’t wait to keep you updated on!


Irish Community Care Manchester would like to thank the We Love MCR for a generous grant to renovate our Community Allotment Project. The allotment is a much loved community resource bringing people together to enjoy being outdoors and to grow fruit and veg. The allotment suffered during Covid lockdown. This grant will now allow us to renovate the allotment and bring it back to life, to be enjoyed by our communities. A huge thank you from all at ICCM

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