Forever Manchester - Connecting Communities at Christmas

Aims/priorities:  Forever Manchester is helping community groups across Greater Manchester keep in touch and bring that Christmas spirit to life.  Forever Manchester has always believed that connected communities make stronger, happier communities and love any activity that brings people together. That’s why, every summer and Christmas for the last few years, they’ve awarded funds so that people can host Get Togethers in their communities.  This year, this isn’t possible – at least not in the way that may have been anticipated – but community is needed now more than ever. Communities still have lots of ideas for how to keep in touch and bring that Christmas spirit to life.

So, what kind of event can they support – well it’s up to you but here’s a few ideas that we know communities are thinking about:

  • Creating crafting packs to drop on people’s doorsteps and hosting an online Christmas crafting session.
  • Community Christmas trails for people to follow, e.g. houses could dress windows for each day of advent or people could make snowmen to put in their windows for people to find – you could create a map and post it through everyone’s doors!
  • Inter-generational activities, e.g. youth groups sending Christmas cards and pictures to members of an older people’s group or retirement home.
  • Online bingo or quizzes with themed questions and prizes.
  • Virtual Christmas Afternoon Tea – create packages of tea bags/cakes/snacks to leave on doorsteps and enjoy together online.

* Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring that all activity is Covid-safe and abiding by current government guidance for the area where it takes place.

Who can apply? Applicants must be from a community organisation with their own bank account, or know a community organisation willing to accept an award on your behalf. Funds can’t be paid into personal bank accounts.

Grant amount: 50 awards of £100 are available.

Application process: Application available from Forever Manchester

Deadline: Friday 20 November

Contact information: Tel: 0161 214 0940  Email: 

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up to £1000
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Friday, 20 November, 2020