The CDL Fund aims to support the activities of local community or voluntary groups and, projects that contribute positively to the quality of life, wellbeing and improved health of people and communities primarily in the borough of Stockport.

Awards of up to £1,000 are available.

About the Fund

Cheshire Datasystems Limited (CDL) is a leading insurance software house based in Stockport. As part of their commitment to corporate social responsibility they work with Forever Manchester to deliver support to grassroots community groups in the Stockport area.

Fund priorities

The CDL Fund supports voluntary and community organisations to run projects/activities which address any or all of the priorities listed below:

  • Older people
  • Children and young people
  • Stronger communities
  • Environment
  • Health and wellbeing

Geographical Area

Funding is primarily awarded to groups based in Stockport although applications from adjoining neighbourhoods in Denton and Hyde in Tameside and Wythenshawe, Didsbury, Withington and Fallowfield in Manchester will also be considered.

Who can apply?

The CDL Fund’s current priority is to encourage and support grass-root 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.

The fund is currently supporting applications from all community and voluntary groups who have a turnover of up to a limit of £150,000.

How much can you apply for?

The maximum award request that will be considered is £1,000

Here at Forever Manchester, we recognise that great things happen in and around Greater Manchester on a daily basis and we want to shout about it! The idea behind this application is to provide a positive, friendly and accessible approach to gaining much needed financial support for your group.

Is there anything we can’t apply for?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that can’t be funded, such as activities that have already taken place or been paid for, contributions to major appeals, activities promoting political or religious beliefs and activity which should be provided by statutory services. If you’re not sure if we could consider your application for funding, please contact a member of the Forever Manchester Communities Team and we’ll be happy to help, 0161 214 0940 or email

Please note that due to administrative processes that we must undertake, once submitted it may take up to three months to hear an outcome for your application. As such, please make sure the project is due to start no earlier than three months after the time of applying’.


About CDL

Stockport based CDL has established its position as a market leader in the highly competitive retail insurance sector by consistently creating powerful software solutions that deliver competitive and innovative advantage to our customers. As a software house, their business is based on innovation and the creativity and teamwork involved in creating cutting-edge technology solutions for big brands.

CDL commitment to their local community

Sustainability. Partnership. Integrity. Professional excellence. These values lie at the heart of how CDL does business. We embed these principles in all our relationships, working in partnership with our clients, suppliers, people and communities to promote long-term sustainable business.

Our goal is to make a positive impact on the communities in which we live, work and do business. We actively seek out opportunities to achieve this, working closely with local organisations to strengthen our environmental and community investment policies.

We have an active community investment programme, and run the CDL Fund through our partnership with Forever Manchester.

The CDL Fund awards grants to a range of Stockport-based community projects, in particular addressing the concerns of digital inclusion, education, employability, arts and culture and disadvantaged groups in society.