We Love MCR Stronger Communities Small Grants Fund is calling on community groups and individuals in Manchester to apply for funding of up to £2000 for initiatives that will bring their communities together. The Charity wants to celebrate Manchester’s uniqueness, multicultural neighbourhoods and youthful energy. Manchester is a diverse city and we recognise the importance of building strong relationships across our diverse communities. The city has a long history of people working together in cooperation, and we believe the need to pull together is even more vital as our city continues to change and grow.

We are looking to support projects which have one or more of the following 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

It’s a simple process:


Complete your application by downloading the form below, completing it and returning by email alongside your supporting information to welovemcrcharity@manchester.gov.uk.


Your application will be reviewed by our Assessor. You will receive an email explaining the next step, eg Queries to be addressed; Rejection of application; Confirmation your application is going forward to Trustees for consideration.


For complex applications, we may consider them in our Grant Panel before a Trustee meeting. If this applies, we will keep you informed.


Decisions on Grant awards are made at Trustee meetings. The calendar for these appears further down this page.


You should be advised of the Trustees’ decision about your Application by email within 1 week of their meeting.


Your Grant offer will come with specific requirements from us, such as on reporting to us the Impacts of your Grant and sending photographs for us to use in our website and social media. You must sign and return this before we transfer Grant monies to your bank account.

Applying for Funding

To apply you must be supporting or working with communities within the City of Manchester. Applications from projects based in the wider Greater Manchester area will not be considered. Applications from individuals will be considered but you must have a sponsor organisation, who will endorse your application and act as a guarantor.

Applying for funding is really straight forward. When you are ready to apply please download the Application Form here and return your completed form via email to the address below or in the post if you prefer. Please complete each section of the application form, provide requested supporting evidence and give written quotes for all costs. If you are looking for assistance in completing the form, download the Small Grants Prospectus here, or email us at welovemcrcharity@manchester.gov.uk


Please note the deadlines for applications for 2019/20, which are in the table below.

Read the Terms and Conditions

Committee Meetings Calendar 2020


3rd March

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