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Macc wins Council Infrastructure Contract

18 Oct 2013 - 12:51 by michelle.foster

As you may be aware, earlier this year the City Council launched a competitive tendering process for the contract to provide support to the city's voluntary and community sector for the next three years.

We are delighted to announce that Macc has been awarded this contract.

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Match funding for community projects – get your applications in now for festive activities

12 Sep 2013 - 13:49 by michelle.foster

Community First funding is available in several wards across Manchester. You can apply for £250- £2500. Decisions are made by a local panel. Each panel has set local priorities for their area.

You can find out more about these priorities by contact Manchester Community Central on 0333 321 3021 or by checking the website: www.manchestercommunitycentral.org

How to apply
Identify a project that meets the priorities

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Spirit of Manchester

26 Jul 2013 - 16:14 by Mike Wild

I've mentioned previously that there's a danger that this blog becomes a series of rants about things I'm angry about. Well not today, at least!

Our State of the Voluntary Sector report shows there are over 3000 voluntary and community groups in Manchester. I don't know them all but I do know a lot of them and one of the great pleasures of my job is that I get to see some of the amazing things happening in groups across Manchester and meet some fantastic people.

8 things you should know about the Voluntary Sector in Manchester...

17 May 2013 - 14:02 by michelle.foster

1. In 2012/13 there were 3,093 community and voluntary organisations, co-operatives and social enterprises in Manchester

2. In 2012/13 the total income of the sector was £477 million

3. Medium and large organisations receive 95% of the total sector income

4. 1,987 organisations are micro (with an annual income under £10 thousand)

5. There are 94,300 volunteers in the sector

6. Volunteers give 370,000 hours each week

7. The contribution of volunteers in the sector is valued at £332 million each year

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State of the Sector 2013

10 May 2013 - 16:25 by Mike Wild

This morning I was in the happy position of being able to present our new research into the state of the voluntary sector in Manchester. It has been a long-held ambition of mine to be able to show the full extent of the enormous contribution which voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and the community work of faith groups make to the city. 

Cash Grant Funding 2013/14 in Wythenshawe

10 May 2013 - 15:38 by michelle.foster

£30,400 is available in each of the five Wythenshawe wards (Baguley, Brooklands, Northenden, Sharston and Woodhouse Park), which is less than in previous years. Applications must be for projects based in the local area that address local priorities and deliver community benefit.

It is strongly recommend that applications are made as soon as possible because funds are limited and uptake will be very high. Applications will be considered and awarded on a rolling basis and are likely to be allocated early in the financial year.

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Round 3 of Moss Side Community First funding now available

3 May 2013 - 13:58 by michelle.foster

Money is available to fund community projects in Moss Side, Manchester. You can apply for a grant from a minimum of £250 to a maximum of £1,000 per year

The programme will run until March 2015 and funds will be available during that time

It is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount or in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time)

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Community First Endowment Challenge in the North West

4 Jan 2013 - 11:24 by michelle.foster

Community Foundations operating across the North West have endowment match funding available for voluntary sector organisations wishing to endowment build.

The match is available via the Government’s Community First Endowment Challenge until March 2015.

Examples of types of scenarios that may qualify for the Community First Endowment Challenge include:
- A charity selling off land or wishing to maintain a building
- A voluntary and community organisation that is seeking to modernise the way it operates

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