Forever Manchester and Brother UK are delighted to launch the ‘Brother UK Fund’.

Brother UK is a long standing supporter of Forever Manchester’s, with staff fundraising in many ways, such as the three-peaks challenge, the Forever Manchester abseil down the Printworks last September and sponsorship at events, such as Forever Manchester Women.

Our President, Phil Jones is also Managing Director of Brother UK, and the Tameside based company’s Infrastructure and Shared Services Director, Louise Marshall gave an inspiring speech at our most recent Forever Manchester Women event.

Brother UK is a subsidiary of Brother Group – the global electronics and manufacturing company.  They provide sales, marketing, technical support, warehousing and distribution from their base in Tameside, where they have been since 1968.

The company launched the fund to their 180 staff on Friday 10th July in a short presentation.

Of the fund, Louise Marshall said: “We are delighted to launch the Brother UK Fund to support our local communities across Tameside. It is very much part of the Brother UK ethos of “at your side” to support where our staff live and work and the Brother UK Fund will enhance our community engagement strategy to achieve just that.”

The Brother UK Fund will welcome applications from grassroots community groups across Tameside who deliver projects that support:

  • Enterprise – community and voluntary organisations developing projects that encourage income generation, which will be re-invested in the community to support social impact, e.g. start-up businesses and young entrepreneurs.
  • Education – To support all young people to help them realise their potential, bridge the aspirations-attainment gap, boost their confidence and enable them to gain the skills to support long term employability
  • Elderly – to support local community activities, giving  a pathway for the over 60’s to socialise and play a positive part in their community, not become isolated and have the support needed to maintain an independent lifestyle

The Brother UK Fund’s current priority is to encourage and support grassroot community activity. This means small, community-based and locally controlled groups that manage themselves, encourage active participation from volunteers and have minimal cash reserves and limited access to funding support.

Annual income of groups applying to the Fund should be less than £150,000.

The maximum award request that will be considered is £2,000.

If you’re a group based in Tameside and would like to apply for the Brother UK Fund, please call 0161 214 0940 for an application pack.

Nick Massey, Chief Exec said: “We already have a great partnership with Brother UK and so the development of the Brother UK Fund to support grassroots community activity across Tameside means that their existing corporate social responsibility can be enhanced in a strategic manner to match their company ethos.”

If you’re interested in having a fund with Forever Manchester, please email Jean Mills, Head of Business Development or alternatively call 0161 214 0940.