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Cost of Living Crisis Greater Manchester Funding Programme


Are you a voluntary, community or social enterprise (VCSE) organisation with an annual income between £50,000 and £250,000 based and working in one of the ten localities of Greater Manchester?

Does your organisation regularly support people most affected by social inequalities and that are struggling to cope with the worst of the cost of living crisis?

If your answers to the above questions are YES then you may be eligible for one of thirty-six £5000 grants allocated across the ten localities:

The grant application deadline is midday, 12 noon on Friday 13 January 2023.


Provided by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust, this funding will support the existing activities of medium-sized VCSE organisations in Greater Manchester. In these difficult times, we want to help sustain organisations that support vulnerable communities of people that are struggling to cope with the worst of the cost of living crisis.

We aim to pay out approved funding by February 2023. It must be fully spent and reported on as soon as possible but no later than October 2023 – make sure you plan for this as there will be no extensions.

Applicant organisations must:

  • have an annual turnover between £50,000 and £250,000 and be based and operating in one of the ten localities of Greater Manchester (grants can only be used within single localities of Greater Manchester and not across localities)
  • already deliver support activities within a specified locality to people who are most affected by social inequality and the cost of living crisis

New project activities are not required; this funding aims to help support anti-poverty organisations that are themselves finding it tough to keep operating. Any typical organisation costs can be included in your grant application, e.g. salaries, expenses, overheads, consumables, equipment, administration, training, communications, etc.

You must plan to have fully spent your grant by no later than October 2023. You must submit a grant monitoring form by 31 October at the latest – there can be no extensions.

For very general enquiries, you can email [email protected]. For more detailed advice please consult the “What support is available to applicants?” section on page seven of the funding guidance hyperlinked above.