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Funding in manchester

For local sport, health and activity partners, NGBs, community organisations, schools, clubs and independent providers looking for funding, support or resource opportunities to help you engage with Manchester and promote your offer.
Here we will identify and share relevant links and opportunities for all on this one page as a central resource.
If you have money and are looking to find your perfect match in Manchester, please let us know and we will make sure you’re included on here, or will introduce you to your match.
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Manchester Active can help you discover, access and apply for funding for a variety of purposes.
We can also help support funding bids that suit your needs.
If you have any queries concerning funding opportunities in Manchester, or how we can help, please contact

What is this fund?
The Manchester Social Prescribing Development Fund is funded by the Manchester Integrated Care Partnership in partnership with Manchester City Council and is administered by the Big Life group. The fund aims to support new and established groups and organisations to build capacity and deliver projects to support a social prescribing offer to Manchester residents over the age of 16 and upwards. The fund will support clients in reducing social isolation, improving or help with managing their health and wellbeing.
What funding is available?
You can apply for up to £3,000 of funding for your project. Use of the funding is restricted and is awarded to groups and organisations that can fill the gaps in current social prescribing provision.
How to apply
Contact the Social Prescribing Development Fund Grants Officer, at to express your interest in the funding. If your project meets an identified need, you will be invited to meet with a Grants Officer to discuss your project in more detail. The Grants Officer will outline the next steps, timescales and discuss expected monitoring of outcomes. If you wish to proceed, you will be invited to complete an application form.

Find out more information and apply here

Manchester Local Care Organisation is a pioneering public sector organisation that provides your NHS community health services and adult social care services in Manchester. Part NHS and part local authority, they work as one team across traditional organisational boundaries to this.

Find out more information here

Manchester's Rising Stars Fund - We Love MCR's unique new Fund gives young Mancunians a helping hand to take opportunities which would otherwise be out of their reach. With 40% of young people growing up in households classified as "in poverty" in Manchester, far too many ambitions are snuffed out before young people even get to start to fulfil them.
For people who have identified their next steps to success in work, qualifications or entrepreneurship, we can provide vital funds to support these ambitions!
If you're a young, ambitious Mancunian who needs some help, or you work with young people and want to guide them to future success, click here to discover how the Rising Stars Fund could help.

The Our Manchester VCS Grants Programme is our largest grants programme for the voluntary and community sector (£2.4m per year). 

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 primarily aimed at supporting groups that work with adults and that address one or more of the following aims:
- Addressing inequalities and building inclusion 
- Promoting communities’ health and wellbeing
- Tackling poverty 
- Organisations funded through this programme will receive funding from April 2023 to March 2026, as reported at Communities and Equalities Scrutiny on 7th March 2023. 

Find out more here

Find the funding that you need - Macc have developed a new funding search engine that acts as a straight forward FREE service using information that can help voluntary, community, social enterprise sector organisations like yours to find suitable funding. 
By becoming a member of Macc you will gain access to our free funding portal of funding opportunities
Find out more here

We are supporting local people by encouraging groups to apply to the Neighbourhood Investment Fund (NIF). These are funds available to communities to make their neighbourhoods better places to live.  
£20,000 of NIF is available to every area (ward) in Manchester each year -?to help groups carry out events and initiatives that benefit local people and are environmentally sustainable.   

The fund is open to established groups, voluntary groups and other community groups, as well as groups of residents working together for the first time. School Parent Teacher Associations can also apply if they have the support of local residents, parents and the project benefits the wider community as well as the school. 

Find out more information here

Calling all Manchester athletes! The GLL Sport Foundation funding window for 2024/2025 is now open. 
The Foundation is the largest independent support programme for talented young athletes in the UK. Last year 83 Manchester based athletes aged between 8 and 56 years old were successful in their application, with representation from a great range of sports including Taekwondo, Para Swimming, Athletics, Triathlon, Water Polo, Boxing, Cycling and Basketball. 
If you or somebody you know could benefit from support, apply now here

Applications are open until 20 February 2024.

The Sporting Champions scheme from Everyone Active gives talented athletes the opportunity to make use of training support and mentoring sessions to further their burgeoning careers.
Launched in 2016, the Sporting Champions scheme has been responsible for more than £1 million worth of support to over 1,000 athletes across a huge variety of disciplines; from wheelchair basketballers and swimmers to artistic gymnasts and figure skaters.
From a total of 30 Sporting Champions competing at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, our athletes achieved a combined five gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
The programme has been designed to assist this country’s next generation of superstar athletes in making the most of their natural talents.
As an Everyone Active Sporting Champion, you’ll benefit from access to FREE training facilities at any of our 200-plus sports centres located all over the country, as well as to mentoring days throughout the year. These days are hosted by performance experts, including sporting superstars such as Colin Jackson CBE, Lauren Steadman MBE and Lutalo Muhammad, distributing their wisdom and knowledge, as well as encouraging the sharing of ideas between you, the athletes.
If this sounds like a programme you’d be interested in joining and you’re a UK athlete who is looking to achieve your full potential, find out more here

Greater Manchester Police are using the money recovered from criminals and distributed to police forces nationally through the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS), to be re-invested into communities across Greater Manchester.
Non-profit organisations which benefit a large number of people, can apply for a maximum of £20,000 to fund 12 months’ activities which pledge to support GMP’s objectives to fight, prevent and reduce crime; keep people safe; and care for victims.
More informatino on how to apply can be found here

Transport for Greater Manchester are pleased to announce a new £535k grants programme, funded through the Department for Transport and Active Travel England Capability and Ambition Fund, that will support Greater Manchester's active travel mission. 
Grants of up to £15,000 are available to small independent businesses, VCFSE sector organisations, community groups, schools and more. The grants can be used to buy accessible/ adaptive cycles, purchase cargo bikes and trailers and to deliver sustainable local initiatives or projects.  
Full guidance documentation and an application form can be downloaded here or requested by emailing
The application deadline is on Friday 21 July 2023.  Bike libraries are local hubs that will allow people to borrow a bicycle, like a book, to try out. They aim to boost access to cycles and give people a chance to give cycling a go.

Bike libraries are generally based in the heart of a community, within easy reach by foot, in places such as community centres, schools, village halls or local business premises.
Our bike libraries support similar schemes that are available in Greater Manchester, helping create local hubs where bikes are donated, fixed up and used.

Interested in setting up your own Bike Library? Find out more infomation here

Funding opportunities provided by Greater Manchester Moving are available to support getting people across Greater Manchester moving.
Visit their website here to find a number of local, national and self-funding opportunities to support you.

Each year Sport England invest more than £250 million of National Lottery and public money to help people play sport and take part in physical activity.
We know that applying to one of our funds for the first time can seem a little daunting, but Sport England have provided a detailed page to guide you to the appropriate fund and explain exactly what you need to do.
Find out more here

The latest Ageing Better image library collection offers a realistic response to the poor representation of women aged 50 and over in adverts, film and on TV. 
The need for better representation is highlighted by a new survey the Centre has carried out jointly, which reveals nearly nine in ten (88%) women say the over 50s are represented poorly. 
The vibrant and dynamic images of six women with limited to no experience in the industry are the latest addition to Ageing Better’s image library which can use for free for a wide range of uses.
There are many more images for people to use, go to the website to download images of your choice:

The Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation 
The Foundation provides grants for charities and good causes located within 25 miles of a Skipton Building Society branch.
They support projects that benefit local communities in areas such as health, homes, skills development, and employment. The maximum grant request is up to £6000 and application are reviewed quarterly. 
The deadline for this quarter is the 1st of February 2024.
To find out more information click here

The Access Group Foundation are providing grants for organisations who work to mitigate the digital divide by offering support by way of data, devices, or learning to disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
Grant amount ranges from £25,000 to £100,000.
To find out more information visit here

Warm Spaces Campaign in partnership with the Good Things Foundation aims to turn poverty and isolation into a sense of warmth and local connection by creating spaces crafted by and for the community.
Warm Welcome supports thousands of local groups across the UK to become and run a warm space. Any space that is warm, welcoming and safe can register to become one on the Warm Spaces website and they can receive support in order to be able to do so.
To find out more click here

Friends Provident Foundation are providing grant opportunities of up to £10,000 through their Small Grants Programme.

The programme seeks to support under-resourced or newer entrants to economic systems change work to develop their ideas for a 4D economy.
This is a rolling programme so applications are welcome at anytime.
For more information, view here

Miller Homes is offering grants of up to £2,000 through their Community Fund for community organisations.

Grants are available for projects that centre on improving the lives of people in their community.

This fund focuses on causes that are linked to education, promoting well-being and the environment and encourage participation in sport.
Grant amounts range from £500 - £2500
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 24 April 2024
For more information, see here.