FM Awards is about changing the future of funding, so forget about your generic funding applications. With Cash 4 Growth we want to support young, or smaller established groups, to grow activity in their local communities.

Awards of £251 – £1,000 are available for small, Greater Manchester based, locally led organisations who are either less than 5 years old OR have an annual income of less than £25,000.

What you should include in your application.

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.

Please Do…

  • Tell us the good stuff only
  • Use positive language
  • Tell us from your heart and show us your passion
  • Tell us how you connect with your local community and beyond
  • Tell us about where you want to be in the future
  • Pick an individual that inspires you
  •  Send us pictures of your group in action (pdf or Jpeg formats)
  • Back up your application with quotes from people you support or connect with

Please Do Not…

  • Do not Quote government, regional or local statistics and information
  • Do not tell us about the following:
    • Disadvantage
    • Deprivation
    • Underprivileged
    • The need
  • Do not tell us anything negative unless you can back it up with a positive outcome or ending .

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 you 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

If you wish to apply for a Cash 4 Growth Award, simply click on the button below and complete the application form. If you need help or have any questions relating to your apllication  please email us at or by telephone on 0161 214 0940.

Listen to our very own Lisa Brown and Terry Snowden explain how it all works.