Forever Manchester was established in 1989 under the name ‘Community Trust of Greater Manchester’. In 2000 we were renamed to Community Foundation for Greater Manchester before becoming Forever Manchester in 2011.


  • Community Trust of Greater Manchester was established.
  • Announce Duke of Westminster as President.


  • Community Trust for Greater Manchester incorporated under the Companies Act 1985 as a private company and that the company is limited under 2785133.


  • Announce Nick Massey as Chief Executive.
  • Helping Hand Appeal, a fundraising campaign supported by the Manchester Evening News, raises £1 million, which was matched pound for pound by President The Duke of Westminster.
  • Renamed and registered as “The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester”.
  • Management of the Bardsley Fund


  • The Hacienda Auction was held on Saturday 25 November 2000 raising money for The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester. The Auction featured many of the most famous parts of the Hacienda building, including the DJ booth, dancefloor, light fittings, bar, stage and telephones


  • Cream Awards: Best Charity Campaign Gold Award for Hacienda Auction.
  • Launch of Local Network Fund.
  • Move premises to Beswick House, Manchester.


  • Launch of Rainmakers Fund encouraging successful Women to give or raise funds to support women in less-advantageous situations.
  • Launch of Community Champions Fund.
  • Launch of annual ‘A Night of Community Stars’ to celebrate Greater Manchester’s community changemakers and social entrepreneurs.


  • Launch of Fair Share Trust Big Lottery Fund.
  • Launch of ‘Get Business Giving’ fundraising campaign.
  • National Charity Awards Grantmaking Category Winners.


  • Launch of Manchester Lottery Fund.


  • Management of Comic Relief local fund for Greater Manchester.
  • Management of Sports Relief fund for Greater Manchester.
  • Management of Kellogg’s Active Funds delivery small grants to community groups across the UK.
  • Management of the Sage (UK) Fund.


  • Management of Kellogg’s Employee Match Fund where Kellogg’s staff fundraising is matched by Kellogg’s.
  • Liberate £3 million in dormant funds from local councils.
  • Launch of the Stockport Fund.


  • Launch of the Manchester Fund in partnership with Manchester city council.
  • Launch of the Trafford MBC Fund.
  • National Charity Awards Grantmaking Category Winners.
  • National Charity Awards Effectiveness Award Winners.
  • Closely work with Manchester International Festival to ensure it engages with the local communities around Greater Manchester.


  • Launch of the Grassroots Endowment Challenge.
  • Launch of the Birdhouse Fund.
  • Management of WO Street Fund.
  • Management of the Grassroots Grants Fund.
  • Management of Kellogg’s CCF Programme delivering funding to groups across Europe.
  • Management of Nine Lives Community Fund.
  • Launch of Quality Standard for Funding recognising community groups who have managed a grant effectively and provided high quality information about how the grant has been used.


  • Management of Greater Manchester Disaster Relief Fund.
  • Launch of Targeted Support Fund.
  • Launch of “Forever Manchester” fundraising campaign.
  • Move premises to Speakers House, Manchester.


  • Investors in People Bronze Award Winners.
  • National Charity Awards Grantmaking Category Winners.
  • Management of The Feelgood Fund.


  • Renamed as ‘Forever Manchester The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester’
  • Adopt a Strength Based Approach to Community Development.
  • Introduce The concept of ‘Charity… The Mancunian Way’ bringing a new philosophy and personality to the brand.
  • Launch of a range of regular fundraising initiatives.
  • Artist Si Scott produces a range of Manchester Music Artwork for Forever Manchester.
  • Management of Kellogg’s Give a Child a Breakfast Programme delivering funding to breakfast clubs in schools across the UK.


  • Management of Disaster Relief Fund: Shaw Explosion delivering £125,000 to those affected.
  • Management of the CDL Fund
  • Management of the Douglas Valley (Wigan) Fund.
  • Launch of Community First, where donations would be matched 50% from the government.
  • Move premises to 8 Hewitt Street, Manchester.
  • Launch of Business Supporters programme and First Friday monthly networking event.
  • Launch of Ambassadors programme.
  • Commission Tony Walsh to write ‘This Is The Place’ poem for Forever Manchester
  • Connecting Communities in Lostock, Gorse Hill, Stretford, Great Lever and Oldham.
  • Ambassador Andrew Trott-Barn’s hosts his annual ‘Mirror Ball’ to raise money for Forever Manchester.


  • National Charity Times Big Society Award Winners.
  • Management of Surviving Winter campaign to help older and vulnerable people stay warm over winter.
  • Publish ‘I Grew That’ Book and DVD celebrating the 10 year successful delivery of Fair Share Trust work.
  • Deliver Asset Based Community Development training.
  • Launch of Forever Manchester Awards programme (Cash4Graft & Cash4Growth)
  • Launch of ‘Cool2BKind” programme to encourage 9-10 year olds to take part in acts of kindness and steer them in a positive direction to benefit their local community.
  • Launch of Run for Round ‘ere campaign to encourage people to take part in running events to raise money for Forever Manchester.
  • Launch of Captain Manchester.
  • Launch of annual Abseil.
  • Launch of Caketober, bake sale fundraising initiative.
  • Ambassador Andrew Trott-Barn’s launches Halloween Spooktacular Event.
  • Launch of Halloween Lockdown where local celebrities raise money for Forever Manchester.


  • Announce Phil Jones, MD at Brother UK, as President.
  • Launch of annual Business Supporters Lunch.
  • Launch of new Forever Manchester website.
  • Golden Hedgehog PR Award Winners for Captain Manchester campaign.
  • Host Forever Manchester Sky Dive.
  • Tony Walsh writes ‘Silver Sparks’ poem to commemorate Forever Manchester 25th year.


  • Forever Manchester Annual Birthday Party established to celebrate 25 years, raises £38,000.
  • Accredited Living Wage Employer.
  • Connecting Communities in Moston and Harpurhey, North Manchester funded by Spirit of 2012.
  • Connecting Communities in four areas of Oldham funded by First Choice Homes.
  • Management of Brother UK Fund.
  • Management of Disaster Relief Fund: Boxing Day Floods delivering £93,000 to those affected.
  • Launch of Forever Manchester Women Events.
  • Artist Stanley Chow produces a ‘Manchester With Love’ series of prints for Forever Manchester, featuring iconic Manchester spaces, buildings and locations.
  • Host a sell out ‘Evening with Tony Walsh’ at Frog and Bucket.
  • Greater Manchester Police release light-hearted video to raise awareness of Forever Manchester.
  • Launch of Forever Funny Comedy Night at Frog and Bucket Comedy Club.
  • Launch of Forever Manchester Radio Show.
  • Manchester Arena pledges its support to Forever Manchester providing free tickets to communities and for prizes to raise money.


  • Renamed and registered as ‘Forever Manchester’.
  • Forever Manchester Annual Birthday Party raises £50,000.
  • All Forever Manchester managed funding programmes accessible to apply online.
  • Management of Auto Trader Community Fund.
  • Launch of annual Forever Football 7s tournament.
  • Launch of Forever Manchester Week.


  • Forever Manchester Annual Birthday Party raises £45,000.
  • Connecting Communities in Eccles, Salford.
  • Management of the NOMA Fund.
  • Management of People’s Health Trust.
  • Management of Youth Social Action Fund.
  • Launch of Captain Manchester’s Magical Tombola Monthly Prize Draw.
  • Launch of Summer and Christmas Great Get Togethers. 
  • Launch of Forever Manchester online shop.
  • Launch of Forever Consulting.
  • Launch of Forever Manchester Podcasts.
  • Announce Trevor Mather, MD at Auto Trader, as President.
  • This Is The Place poem goes global following Tony Walsh’s performance at the Manchester Arena vigil.
  • This Is The Place Book raises £150k for Forever Manchester, We Love Mcr Emergency Fund and Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.
  • Host a sell out ‘Evening with Tony Walsh’ at Frog and Bucket.
  • Artist Stanley Chow and Great Northern Warehouse produces a range of Great Northerners artwork for Forever Manchester.
  • Zen Office sponsor Captain Manchester.


  • Forever Manchester Annual Birthday Party raises £70,000.
  • Connecting Communities in Wythenshawe funded by Our Manchester. 
  • Launch of October Cheer Fest fundraising initiative.
  • Forever Manchester brand refresh – For Happy Days.
  • Designer Trevor Johnson re-produces a range of Hacienda Posters for Forever Manchester.


  • Forever Manchester Annual Birthday Party raises £70,000.
  • Connecting Communities in the Ardwick area of Manchester.
  • Management of 247 People Fund
  • Management of Disaster Relief Fund: Bolton Student Flats Fire Appeal delivering £40,000 to those affected.
  • Advertising Partnership with XS Manchester and I Love Manchester.
  • Cartoonist Tony Husband produces a range of Football related for Forever Manchester.
  • Pop-up shop opens on King Street for Christmas markets.
  • Host a sell out ‘Forever Funny Comedy Night’ at Frog and Bucket.


  • Forever Manchester 30th Birthday Party raises £78,689.
  • Launch of ‘Give It Up For Forever Manchester’ campaign.
  • Fundraising campaigns postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Forever Manchester staff team continue to support communities whilst working from home.
  • 23rd March 2020: Launch of the Community Support Fund for grassroot community groups in Greater Manchester that are responding to the impact of Covid-19 by helping those most affected.
  • Forever Manchester works with UK Community Foundations to distribute over £1.5 million of funding raised by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal.
  • This is the Place Poem takes pride of place on the Albert Square hoardings during the ‘Our Town Hall’ renovation project.
  • Launch of Community Centre Support Fund to assist the reopening of community space in a Covid-secure way.

Last updated: 3rd August 2020