We are delighted to announce that the inaugural round of the Zuto Make A Difference Fund in partnership with Forever Manchester is now open for applications from grassroots community groups in Greater Manchester.

The Zuto Make A Difference Fund is offering awards of up to £1,000.

Fund criteria

The Zuto Make A Difference Fund welcomes applications from grassroots community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Who can apply?

The Zuto Make A Difference Fund aims to encourage and support grassroots community organisations. This means small, community-based and locally controlled groups that manage themselves, encourage people to get involved as volunteers and who just need a bit of financial help to be able to work with their community in the way they’d like.

Applicants must be based in one of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester and have an annual income of less than £50,000.

How much can you apply for?

The maximum award request that will be considered is £1,000.

What can you apply for?

Local groups understand how they can best work in their communities, so we don’t want to limit the type of request you can make. You just need to let us know what you want to do and what positive things your activity will provide for those in your community.

All activity must be covid-19 safe and undertaken in line with current government guidance at the time it takes place.

Is there anything you 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 your application for funding, please contact a member of the Forever Manchester Communities Team, email awards@forevermanchester.com and we’ll be happy to help.

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 1st October 2021. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.


How long will a decision take?

For this round of the Zuto Make A Difference Fund, we aim to let you know the outcome of your application in mid November 2021. Please do not plan to start any activity until after you hear if your application has been successful.

If you have any questions or have trouble filling this in, please contact us at awards@forevermanchester.com or phone 0161 214 0940.

About Zuto

Zuto are a market leading car finance fintech. Their aim is to transform the car finance experience with simplicity and integrity. With over 15 years’ experience in matching customers with the right product from their panel of lenders, they have been trusted by over 3 million customers.

Zuto has been involved with Forever Manchester for a number of years, and creation of the Zuto Make A Difference Fund will enable a direct route to support a wide range of grassroots community projects across Greater Manchester.

Date added: 1st September 2021