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“Conversation 2 Cash” (C2C) Mentoring and Grants programme

Open for applications: Monday 28 September 2020
Closing date for applications: Friday 30 October 2020, 12pm

What is Conversation 2 Cash (C2C)?

  • Conversations 2 Cash (C2C) is a new mini grants programme to support VCSE groups in North Manchester and parts of East Manchester
  • Groups can apply for support to grow their knowledge, skills and confidence and receive money for their organisation
  • A number of experienced mentors will work with groups for up to 6 months to help with developing their governance including planning, organisation and management, understanding information, funding and good practice
  • When this is completed in agreement with the mentor, groups will get a £2,000 grant that can be used for anything that contributes to the development of your organisation and/or activities for local people, building on all of the brilliant and varied things that your group does

Who can apply?
C2C development support and grants are aimed at:

  • Groups that feel they need support with improving their applications for funding
  • Groups that would benefit from development and need support around and management and who need support to make their organisations more secure
  • Groups who deliver good projects (and/or services) that benefit the communities in North Manchester

We welcome applications from voluntary, community, social enterprise and faith groups based and working in the following wards of North and East Manchester:

  • Ancoats and Beswick
  • Charlestown
  • Cheetham
  • Clayton and Openshaw
  • Crumpsall
  • Harpurhey
  • Higher Blackley
  • Miles Platting and Newton Heath
  • Moston

You will also need to demonstrate the following:

  • Groups that have identified some development needs e.g.:
    • Governing document needs updating
    • Structure/legal structure needed/needs to change
    • Work needed to make the organisation safer (e.g. basic policies and procedures, clear roles and understanding importance of governance)
    • Accountable and transparent clear system and checks for managing money
  • Groups that can commit to 6 months development and support and can complete actions in their own time
  • Groups must be not-for-profit
  • A minimum 12 months track record of being constituted, with a bank account and delivering services and/or activities in North Manchester
  • A minimum of 3 people on the committee/board

Who manages the programme?
The programme is operated by the Our Manchester Funds team in Manchester City Council, on behalf of North Manchester Together, a partnership of voluntary, public and private sector leaders working to support the voluntary sector in North Manchester.

How do I apply?
There are many ways you can apply:

  • Independently – Download the documents here: information for applicants | application form fill them in and email them to us: omfunds@manchester.gov.uk
  • With support – email us or give us a call to get help to complete the application
  • By video / audio application – if you’d prefer to submit a video or audio application (a recording of you answering each of the questions in the form) we can accept this via WeTransfer. Please note the maximum file size is 2GB

We must receive your application by Friday 30 October 12 noon (midday). Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.

Don’t let forms put you off!
To find out more, or for help to apply, email: omfunds@manchester.gov.uk or call 0794 072 4581 and leave a message.


We’re a group of people who live, work and volunteer in North and East Manchester who are getting involved in supporting, strengthening and celebrating the local voluntary and community sector.

Want to join us?
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Would you like to know about new funding opportunities and support?
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North Manchester Inquiry Final Paper
Nigel Rose, Strategic Lead (Commissioning), at Macc was involved in facilitating and contributing to the North Manchester Inquiry into increasing the strength of the voluntary sector and the final recommendations paper can be downloaded here. There is an ongoing working group which Sarah Whitelegg, Capacity Building Team Manager, is part of.

This paper explains the work undertaken by the North Inquiry Panel which was formed to explore the issues around strengthening the voluntary and community sector in North Manchester. The paper explains the process that was taken, lists evidence that was gathered and provides the recommendations made by the panel.

The paper also provides a list of who was on the inquiry panel and next steps for a proposed North Steering Group to continue the work.