The Community Support Fund (Phase Two) is now accepting applications from voluntary and community organisations in Greater Manchester who are supporting those suffering from hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
To support these local responses, Forever Manchester is offering awards of up to £5,000.
Forever Manchester is working with UK Community Foundations to distribute funding raised by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal. This money is being distributed to community organisations responding to the needs of local communities across Greater Manchester via our Community Support Fund.
The Community Support Fund (Phase Two) will accept applications from voluntary and community organisations based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Forever Manchester want to fund organisations who are supporting those suffering from hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Who can apply?
To apply you need to be a charity or community group with your own bank account and relevant safeguarding policies in place. You are expected to be based in the area where you are offering help.
You must be applying for activity which is in line with your organisation’s aims and objects as shown in your governing documents.
The Fund is aimed at organisations supporting those suffering hardship as result of Covid-19 and priority will be given to funding organisations who are reaching the most vulnerable or at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impacts. As such Forever Manchester would expect to be receiving applications from organisations working in the following types of services:
- Foodbanks and other emergency food/household provisions
- Homelessness support
- Financial and welfare advice
- Domestic violence support
- Mental health and counselling services
Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £200,000.
How much can you apply for?
You can apply for up to £5,000, but as a lot of applications are expected and all applications will not be funded you are asked to only apply for what you know you need.
Any funds awarded must be spent in full by 31 March 2021.
What can you apply for?
Applications are being prioritised which are providing a service in direct response to community hardship created by the Covid-19 pandemic. This could be for responding to ongoing emergency needs or for making changes to how you work so that you can continue to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic over the coming months.
How long will a decision take?
Forever Manchester aim to assess your application and give you a decision within four weeks.