The Connecting Communities At Christmas Fund is NOW CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS.

The deadline to apply was midday on Friday 17th November 2023.

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Forever Manchester is offering 100 awards of £100 to help community groups across Greater Manchester celebrate Christmas together.

Forever Manchester has always believed that connected communities make stronger, happier communities and love any activity that brings people together. That’s why, every summer and Christmas for the last few years, we’ve awarded funds so that people can host events in their communities.

Every Christmas we see an array of incredible ideas and events which enable people to get together in person or digitally, all bringing the Christmas spirit to their community. However you want to connect and celebrate, Forever Manchester are offering 100 awards of £100 to help.

We will close for applications at midday on Friday 17th November 2023.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be from a community organisation based in one of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Organisations should have their own bank account, or know a community organisation willing to accept an award on your behalf. Funds cannot be paid into personal bank accounts.

If we receive more eligible applications than there are awards available, final awards will then be allocated via a draw and priority will firstly be given to organisations with an income of £10,000 or less.

How much can you apply for?

Forever Manchester is offering 100 awards of £100.

What can you apply for?

That is up to you! We’re just here to provide that bit extra of help you might need to make it happen, but here’s a few ideas that we know communities have enjoyed in the past:

  • Community Christmas trails for people to follow, e.g. houses could dress windows for each day of advent or people could make snowmen to put in their windows for people to find – you could create a map and post it through everyone’s doors!
  • Traditional Christmas parties with Santa and a festive lunch.
  • Gathering in the park or communal space, enjoying hot drinks, festive treats and crafts.
  • Carol singing for neighbours and the community.
  • Online bingo or quizzes with themed questions and prizes.

Deadline for Applications

We will close for applications at midday on Friday 17th November 2023. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.


How long will the decision take?

Successful applicants will be informed by email by Friday 24th November and payments released the same day (please note they may take several days to reach bank accounts).

Date added: 3rd November 2023

Last updated: 17th November 2023