Community Support Fund Phase Two is now CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS.

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

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Information about the Community Support Fund:

The Community Support Fund (Phase Two) is now accepting applications from voluntary and community organisations in Greater Manchester who are supporting those suffering from hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To support these local responses, Forever Manchester is offering awards of up to £5,000.

Forever Manchester is working with UK Community Foundations to distribute funding raised by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal. This money is being distributed to community organisations responding to the needs of local communities across Greater Manchester via our Community Support Fund.

The Community Support Fund (Phase Two), launched on 24th July, will accept applications from voluntary and community organisations based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. We want to fund organisations who are supporting those suffering from hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who Can Apply?

To apply you need to be a charity or community group with your own bank account and relevant safeguarding policies in place. We expect you to be based in the area where you are offering help.

You must be applying for activity which is in line with your organisation’s aims and objects as shown in your governing documents.

The Fund is aimed at organisations supporting those suffering hardship as result of Covid-19 and priority will be given to funding organisations who are reaching the most vulnerable or at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impacts. As such we would expect to be receiving applications from organisations working in the following types of services:

  • Foodbanks and other emergency food/household provisions
  • Homelessness support
  • Financial and welfare advice
  • Domestic violence support
  • Mental health and counselling services

Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £200,000.

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for up to £5,000, but as we expect a lot of applications and we will not be able to fund them all, we ask that you only apply for what you know you need.

Any funds awarded must be spent in full by 31st March 2021.

What can you apply for?

We are prioritising applications which are providing a service in direct response to community hardship created by the Covid-19 pandemic. This could be for responding to ongoing emergency needs or for making changes to how you work so that you can continue to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic over the coming months.

How long will a decision take?

We aim to assess your application and give you a decision within four weeks, but please note we can only do this if you provide us with all the supporting documents requested.

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.


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

Community Support Fund (Phase One)

Forever Manchester delivered over £1.5 million in funding in Phase One to support hundreds of community groups and organisations in Greater Manchester that have responded to the impact of Covid-19.

On Friday 23rd March 2020, Forever Manchester launched its Community Support Fund. The Fund allowed community organisations in all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester to apply for funding of up to £5,000.

The Community Support Fund (Phase One) closed to applications on Friday 26th June.

We are immensely proud of the thousands of amazing people and community groups that have been willing to step forward to make a difference in their local community, helping others in whatever way they can.

During these uncertain times, through generosity and kindness, community groups and organisations have been coming together to help those most affected by the pandemic.

Community Support Fund (Phase One)

Alternative Funding

Details of alternative funding sources from the National Lottery Community Fund, 10GM and NCVO can be found by clicking on the button below. Forever Manchester is unable to provide advice about whether other funders’ programmes would be suitable for your organisation/project or not. Please contact the funders directly for further information.

Alternative Funding

Date added: 23rd March 2020
Last updated: 21st August 2020