Community Centre Support Fund is now CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS.

The deadline to apply was midday on Friday 21st August 2020.

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Information about the Community Centre Support Fund:

Forever Manchester is offering awards of up to £500 to help community centres make the adaptations that they need to in order to welcome groups and people back into their spaces in a Covid-secure way.

We recognise that Community Centres and other multi-use indoor community spaces are often at the heart of their local community but are facing immense challenges to re-open safely.

Fund criteria

The Community Centre Support Fund welcomes applications from locally managed community centres based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

The Fund closes for applications at midday on Friday 21st August 2020.

Who can apply?

The Community Centre Support Fund aims to support community managed grassroot community spaces. This means community-based and locally led community centres and other multi-use indoor community spaces, that encourage people to get involved as volunteers and which are used by multiple local community groups and organisations.

Whilst there is no annual income cap for applicants, if the fund is over-subscribed priority will be given to smaller organisations.

Centres run by statutory bodies and housing associations are not eligible to apply.

How much can you apply for?

The maximum award request that will be considered is £500.  

What can you apply for?

The Fund aims to help community centres make the changes they need to in order to re-open in a Covid-secure way.

For further information on what this may mean for you, please read the following government guidelines:

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Whilst we know that requirements will differ depending upon how your centre is set-up, the type of thing we expect to fund might include:

  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Appropriate signage changes
  • Minor physical adaptations such as perspex screens
  • Improvements to hand-washing facilities
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Is there anything you can’t apply for?

As funds are limited, we want to support those centres where an award will make the biggest difference. Unfortunately, this means awards can’t be used as a contribution to the costs of larger scale changes that you may need to make. We also can’t fund changes that have already been made or equipment that has already been purchased.

If you’re not sure if we could consider your application for funding, please email the Forever Manchester Communities Team and we’ll be happy to help:

Supporting Documents

For help and guidance on your groups supporting documents and to see what we require to be submitted alongside your application, please refer to our guidance which you can find here: For Supporting Information

Deadline for Applications

We will close for applications at midday on Friday 21st August 2020. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by 11th September 2020.


If you have any questions or have trouble completing the form, please contact us at or phone 0161 214 0940.

Date added: 24th July 2020
Last updated: 21st August 2020