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?

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!


Commonplace fun family day out

Short Breaks for All Grant Programme

Many of the young people and their families we support have never had the opportunity to experience a holiday together before and spend important time as a family away from ‘normal’ life. Our Short Breaks for All programme helps strengthen family relationships, create shared memories and for the children to experience things for the first time that many of us take for granted.

The short breaks are taken locally in the UK and the young people and their families are nominated by a team of family support workers and social workers.

In 2018, 15 young people and their parents from Manchester experienced a short break during the summer months thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Since 2011 335 adults and 610 children have benefited from this programme.

To nominate a family please contact The Gaddum Centre on 0161 834 6069 or email info@gaddum.co.uk to request an application form.

We fund one-week low cost holidays in Great Britain for families who have not had a holiday together during the past three years, who are on a low income and are residents in the City of Manchester. All applications for a grant must be submitted by a professional person on behalf of the family such as a Social Worker, Health Visitor, Teacher or other professional as appropriate.

Widows Empowerment Trust

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.”



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 attendances!



We understand that signing up to new activities can be daunting, but did you know you can refer a friend so
they can get involved with you? Alternatively, you may want to sign up to receive notifications of future opportunities.