After a really busy month, six different funds awarded money to community groups that will support over 2,500 people across Greater Manchester.

With funding being given to groups across all ten boroughs, a whole range of amazing projects can go ahead.


Many of the groups funded are working with young people, to help them grow in confidence and to realise their potential. One project will be teaming up unemployed young people and get them experience in Manchester’s great food scene.

We have also funded internet awareness sessions, aimed at education parents to the potential dangers of online grooming.

Another stand out area was groups looking after their member’s health, from talks on coronary heart disease, to relaxation sessions for carers, almost everything is covered! If you’re over 50 and need a little more exercise, we’ve funded a group that can get you boxing like a pro in no time.

A brilliant range of groups have been supported to keep up the good work in their local community.

Funds Open:

  • CDL Fund – Rolling fund, £1,000 for projects that help the local community in Stockport
  • Fourteen £1k Awards – Rolling fund, £1,000 for groups that support social action and volunteering in Moston and Harpurhey
  • FM Cash 4 Growth – Deadline 22nd Jan, £1,000 for groups across Greater Manchester who are either less than 5 years old or have an annual income less than £25,000
  • Nine Lives – Deadline 3rd Feb, £2,000 for groups across Greater Manchester that provide activities for young people between the ages of 10-18
  • Bardsley Fund – Deadline 10th Feb, £1,000 for groups in Tameside that address older people, children and young people, stronger communities and health and wellbeing
  • Brother Fund – Deadline 12th Feb, £2,000 for groups in Tameside who deliver projects that support enterprise, education and older people

Since January 2015 we have offered support to communities across Greater Manchester…

  • A total of more than £840,000 has been awarded to locally led community groups
  • Over 250,000 people have benefitted from the funding we have awarded
  • 55 groups have been funded through donor advised funds
  • Over £100,000 has been given out to small, grass-roots organisations through the Red Nose Day Community Cash Scheme
  • Through other Comic Relief funding schemes, more than £108,000 has been allocated to groups across Greater Manchester
  • 52 new projects have been started thanks to the Cash4Graft initiative
  • From these new projects, 23,873 local residents have benefited