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Spirit of Manchester Fund

Spirit of Manchester Fund

Macc established the Spirit of Manchester Fund in 2015 as part of the Spirit of Manchester, our annual celebration of the city’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

We raise funds to provide mini-grants for local voluntary and community groups, social enterprises or registered charities to deliver all sorts of projects for the city’s benefit. We believe the wealth of talent, skills and energy in Manchester can be unleashed for the common good with even small amounts of funding.

Macc uses every penny donated each year to fund a Mini-grants Programme, through which we offer awards of up to £500 to support local projects across the city. Organisations can apply for mini-grants through an annual programme. Each year we assemble an independent external panel to select the successful applications.

The next round of the Spirit of Manchester Mini-grants Programme will be open during spring 2020. In 2019, using the monies donated last year we awarded seven mini-grants that funded the following activities:

Creative City England CIC
Dreams for Longsight

Fathers' Corner

Friends of Hulme Park
Hulme History Walks

Creative City England Friends of Hukme Park
Poetry-writing and zine-making workshops for three youth groups in Longsight on the theme of hopes and dreams for the area Trialling a “Fathers’ Corner” aimed at improving relationships between fathers of East European-origin and their children through the teaching of games and activities the fathers played as children A series of guided local history walks for Hulme residents, highlighting places of historical interest including the engraved floor plaques in Hulme Park, whilst encouraging walks as a healthy activity


Let's Keep Growing!
Community Garden Workshops

Manchester BME Network
Hidden Gems of Manchester

Out in the City
Let’s Get Digi

Let's keep growing Manchester BME Network Out in the city
Gate sign-making workshops for local children and families to support the development of a community garden in a network of residential alleyways in Longsight A new awards ceremony celebrating the work of small grassroots BAME voluntary community groups from various communities across Manchester Providing basic tablet-computers, training and supporting the set-up and use of a Facebook page, bringing together lonely and isolated older LGBT+ residents from several parts of the city


Something Good Theatre Company
Endometriosis Awareness

Something Good Theatre Company
Producing a free one-hour theatrical performance to raise awareness of Endometriosis, its impact on women’s physical and mental health and exploring positive relationships in younger couples


You can find out about projects funded in previous years by following the links below:

Creative City England Notes perfect The Proud Trust

Creative City England with Soap for the Future

Notes Perfect

The Proud Trust


Rainbow Surprise Socio Economic Regeneration Can Survive

Rainbow Surprise with Abraham Moss Community School

Socio Economic Regeneration CIC with the Congolese Association of Greater Manchester

Can-Survive UK


Fit After Cancer Treatment Friends of Crumpsall Park Whitemoss Club for Young People

Fit After Cancer Treatment

Friends of Crumpsall Park

Whitemoss Club for Young People


Irish Diaspora Foundation

Irish Diaspora Foundation


How to donate to the Spirit of Manchester Fund

You can make a one-off donation or start a regular donation today to help make a real difference to the city of Manchester. We want to encourage local people and businesses to get involved and support their local community organisations by pledging contributions to the Spirit of Manchester Fund. Even a small amount can help make a huge difference.

Donate online

Donate by text

donrTo make a one-off text donation for £5: Text SPIRITOFMCR 5 to 70460.

Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text SPIRITOFMCRNOINFO 5 to 70460.

Alternatively, you can text any whole-pound amount between £1 and £20, e.g. text SPIRITOFMCR 20 to donate £20.

Contact us

For further information or to discuss other ways you can support the Spirit of Manchester Fund as a donor, fundraiser or supporter, please contact Oliver Cranfield on 0161 834 9823 or email: oliver@macc.org.uk