Through generous contributions from individuals and businesses, Forever Manchester strengthens communities and enriches local life by inspiring local people to do extraordinary things together.
Throughout Greater Manchester there are thousands of community projects that bring people together and deliver activities that provide the social backbone of our communities.
Often run on a voluntary basis, these projects require financial and non-financial support to help them deliver activities for the benefit of the wider community.
By supporting Forever Manchester you help us fund and support more community projects across Greater Manchester.
THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY GROUPS IN GREATER MANCHESTER
Community groups and projects across Greater Manchester play a vital role in bringing people together in their local community.
Over 20,000 community projects of varying sizes and interest help support and positively interact with many of the 2.6m population of Greater Manchester.
Individuals benefit greatly from being involved in community activity helping to improve mental and physical wellbeing, reducing social isolation, developing confidence to try something new and raising aspirations and employability as well as providing an opportunity to meet others.
WE FUND LOCAL GROUPS AND THE GREAT WORK THEY DO
Thanks to the generous contributions from individuals, businesses and national funding programmes we can continue to fund and supports thousands of community projects across Greater Manchester.
At Forever Manchester we manage a wide range of different funds that community groups can apply for depending on the funding criteria. Using our knowledge, expertise and experience of managing funds for 25 years we ensure that money is effectively distributed.
In the last 5 years Forever Manchester has been responsible for delivering national funding programmes to groups across Greater Manchester including: Comic Relief’s Stronger Communities programme, Sport Relief, Fair Share Trust, People’s Health Trust, Surviving Winter. Local Network Fund,Millenium Fund, Grassroots.
On a local level we manage the Disaster Relief Fund on behalf of the Association for Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), Local Authorities Borough Funds and the Greater Manchester Sport Fund.
We manage and distributed funds on behalf of some Greater Manchester companies for example, Kellogg’s, Sage and CDL who have their own ‘Named Funds’. In addition we also manage funds on behalf of individual donors.
We also manage and deliver a number of ‘Themed Funds’ that allow individual and corporate donors to support causes close to their heart. Donors can choose to support projects that focus on (1) Disability (2) Environment (3) Health & Wellbeing (4) Older People (5) Younger People (6) Start-up groups
Since 2012 we have created two FM Awards programmes, made possible through individual/corporate donations and fundraising efforts. Our Cash4Growth Awards programme delivers funds of up to £1,000 per group who can demonstrate that their activities have a positive impact in the local community. Our innovative Cash4Graft programme, designed to get ideas off the ground delivers up to £250 and is open to anyone. All they need is the backing of 4 neighbours and commitment to 20 hours voluntary work. (currently only available in Trafford and Oldham)
A STRENGTH BASED APPROACH TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Not only do we help fund community projects, we also work in neighbourhoods connecting local people, groups and agencies to share their talents and resources to make long terms improvements to their community and well-being.
This strength based approach is referred to as Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). ABCD is at the centre of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development.
It’s an approach that adopts a different way of thinking about how to work for change – starting from a place of possibilities, strengths and capacities, as opposed to problems and deficiencies. A strength based approach helps residents and organisations manage change by mobilising their existing and potential capabilities, resources and assets.
Our ability to put the theory into practice has allowed us to test the approach by deploying our very own (and the the UK’s first) Asset Based Community Builders in a number of neighbourhoods.