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The Spirit of Manchester Active Communities Fund


Mini-grants Programme 2019-2020

(Financed by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust)

Macc is pleased to announce a new round of the Spirit of Manchester Active Communities Fund financed by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust.

The funding pot totals £14,000 with mini-grants of £500 available to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups working in the city of Manchester. We want to fund groups that can use £500 to increase volunteering in their communities to help address local needs.

What could you use this funding for? Examples include:


  • New leaflet to advertise your volunteering opportunities
  • Graphic designer to design your posters or leaflets
  • A Google or Facebook ads campaign
  • A social marketer
  • Making a publicity video
  • Holding a recruitment event


  • A training course to make you even better at encouraging volunteers
  • Paying a trainer to do a course on using social media
  • Paying a trainer to do a course how to recruit BAME volunteers
  • Paying a trainer to do a course on how to recruit volunteers with disabilities
  • Paying a trainer to do a course on how to recruit young volunteers

What else can you think of?

NOTE: grants of exactly £500-only are available in this round of funding.

  • The deadline for funding applications is midday on Friday 30 August 2019
  • Macc will notify all applicants of the outcome of their bids by Friday 13 September
  • Upon completion of standard due diligence checks, successful applicants will receive their mini-grants in a single payment via bank transfer. We aim to have monies paid out by the beginning of October
  • Grant holders then have until 31 March 2020 to deliver their projects and spend the mini-grant

Macc administers the Active Communities Fund on behalf of the Eric Wright Charitable Trust as part of our annual celebration of the city’s VCSE sector the Spirit of Manchester Programme.

The programme’s prospectus is here. It contains all details about the programme including:

  • Aims of the Active Communities Fund
  • Who can apply for a mini-grant
  • What we can and cannot fund
  • The application form and how to get help
  • How to submit your application
  • How decisions will be made
  • Due diligence checks
  • Grant monitoring
  • Examples of previously funded projects
  • A link to Macc’s data protection policy

If you have general questions about the funding, please contact Oliver at Macc on 0161 834 9823 or via oliver@macc.org.uk.