Connecting You Seed Fund

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Published date: 
Wednesday, 15th May 2019


What is the purpose of the fund?

With a focus on improving health and wellbeing in the broadest sense, the Connecting You Seed Funding aims to make a difference right down at street level within our communities in the Rochdale Borough.

The funding pot has been termed a ‘seed fund’ because we see this funding as the seed from which activities and communities grow. The term seed suggests that this is a very early investment, meant to support the project until it can become self-sustaining.

What is the fund criteria?

Your application to the fund must demonstrate how it will meet all 5 key criteria:      

Enabling– working with our current or new community groups to quickly and easily support them
Responding– to opportunities and gaps identified within our communities
Connecting– reaching and involving more community members as a result of the funding
Targeting– specific groups such as, long term conditions, or areas agreed at neighbourhood level
Building– adding value to your community though an essential ‘trade’ criteria where the receiving group are asked to offer a give-back in a community contribution.

There are 5 priorities to bid against focused on fun, connecting people and ultimately improving lifestyles.These priorities have also been identified because they are centred on evidence based approaches which impact on the seed funding theme of improving wellbeing and reduce pressure on services:

  • Arts and culture
  • Walking and physical activity
  • Growing and cooking
  • Connect 5 / mental wellbeing
  • Self-care / people supporting people around health conditions

General information:

We will fund revenue and activity costs, equipment and building costs. We’ll also fund staff costs if they are essential to the delivery of the project, for example seated exercise instructor costs.
To secure seed funding it is proposed that groups will be constituted with their own bank accounts. We can provide support if required to achieve this. If groups are not constituted we will work with them to identify alternative arrangements and enable progress.

The funding is for grassroots organisations, particularly emerging local groups as well as charities and other not-for-profit organisations whose focus is on local work (annual income under approx £100,000).

Only one application for seed funding (either the up to £500 or up to £2,000 - not both) will be accepted per organisation. Community Builders will be able to work with groups to enable them to build resilience moving forward.

Organisations or groups could look to collaborate with others if this would be beneficial to the community and would prevent duplication / competition with existing activity.

How to apply:

Please click here for more information and how to apply. 

If you need any more support please email or call 0161 339 2345 and ask for Hayley.