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Our Manchester VCS Grants 2023-2026

22 Aug 2022 - 10:56 by michelle.foster

The Our Manchester VCS Grants Programme is Manchester City Council’s largest grants programme for the voluntary and community sector. Following engagement and a co-design process, the new Programme for 2023-26 opened on 1 September 2022 and closes on 10 October 2022, 5pm. Information about the Fund and how to apply is on the website Our Manchester VCS Grants Refresh 2022

The purpose of this grant programme is to support and invest in a healthy and thriving local voluntary sector, so that it can continue to support Manchester’s residents and focus on what the sector excels at in addressing some of the city’s highest priorities.

The fund is focused on three aims:

  • Addressing inequalities and building inclusion
  • Promoting communities’ health and wellbeing
  • Tackling poverty

Organisations can apply for up to £300,000 for 3 years (equivalent to £100,000 per year.)

Download the Our Manchester Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Programme Prospectus 2023-2026

To be able to apply for this funding, your organisation must meet the following criteria:

  • Already have worked with Manchester citizens for at least 18 months
  • Must be a constituted voluntary and community-sector organisation with its own bank account and meet all minimum eligibility requirements
  • Must be working to at least one of the OMVCS programme aims
  • Must be able to show evidence of the 5 principles of the fund

Please note: it is advisable that organisations check your eligibility to apply with the online eligibility checker tool

Any group meeting the above criteria can ask for support. Support will be offered on a first come first served basis and is subject to capacity.
 

Download Our Manchester VCS Grant Programme – Frequently Asked Questions
 

Support for applicants to apply

Discuss your proposal idea
Book a half hour online one-to-one with one of Macc's Development Workers to talk about your proposal idea, review the fund's eligibility, criteria and guidance and decide whether to proceed with a full application.

Available times and dates: (Please note: All slots are now fully booked)

7 September 12 September

2pm-2.30pm
2.45pm-3.15pm
3.45pm-4.15pm
4.25pm-4.55pm

10am-10.30am
10.40am-11.10am
11.20am-11.50am
12pm-12.30pm
3pm-3.30pm
3.45pm-4.15pm
4.45pm-5.15pm
5.25pm-5.55pm

To request a one-to-one please email: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org no later than 4pm on 6 September stating your group name and contact details.

Get advice on your application draft
Groups can receive constructive feedback on their full draft application from a Macc Development Worker, including any areas for improvement. Feedback will be provided through a bookable online meeting or can be provided in writing.

The sessions are 45 minutes long and groups need to have completed a full draft bid using Manchester City Council's downloadable Word document version of the application form. Please note: that this is for drafting purposes only – your final application will need to be submitted through the online Smart Survey application portal by 5pm 10 October 2022. No word document applications will be accepted. Draft applications need to emailed to us at: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org by 10am on 20 September 2022.

Please note: you don’t have to attend our ‘Discuss your proposal idea’ session to receive support with your draft application but you are expected to have completed the online eligibility checker tool

Available times and dates: (Please note: All slots are now fully booked)

23 September 27 September 28 September 29 September 30 September

2pm-2.45pm    
3pm-3.45pm    
4pm-4.45pm   

9am-9.45am
10am-10.45am
11am-11.45am

1pm-1.45pm
2pm-2.45pm
3pm-3.45pm
4pm-4.45pm

9am-9.45am
10am-10.45am
11am-11.45am
1pm-1.45pm
2pm-2.45pm
3pm-3.45pm
4pm-4.45pm

2pm-2.45pm    
3pm-3.45pm    

4pm-4.45pm   


What will the support be like?
The support will be delivered online through Zoom by our friendly development workers. The development worker will have read your full draft application prior to the meeting and will be able to talk you through any suggested improvements that you could make to strengthen your application. Honest and helpful advice will be provided!

To request support with your draft application please email: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org no later than 10am on 20 September 2022 with your full draft application and provide your group name and contact details.

Please remember that Macc’s Capacity Building Team is offering to review your applications and provide feedback. Applications will not be written for you. It is not a requirement to attend one of our sessions to submit an application to this fund.
 

OMVCS Grant Programme 23-26 documents

Download the OMVCS Grant Programme 23-26 Guidance for individual applicants

Download the OMVCS Grant Programme 23-26 Individual Application Word Form

Download the OMVCS Grant Programme 23-26 Guidance for partnership applicants

Download the OMVCS Grant Programme 23-26 Partnership Application Word Form

Please note: that the word application forms are for drafting purposes only – your final application will need to be submitted through the online Smart Survey application portal by 5pm 10 October 2022.

The OMVCS team have made a short film summarising the fund’s key information:

 

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