Aims/priorities: Organisations across Greater Manchester are being encouraged to come together to submit bids for local funding after the region secured £500,000 government funding for green social prescribing to improve the region’s mental health. Green social prescribing connects people with nature-based activities such as walking and cycling, community gardening and food-growing projects, as well as tasks such as tree planting. Greater Manchester will be building on this need to improve our connection with, and access to, the natural world through two strands of work:
- Test and learn sites – funding is available for three to five ‘places’ across the region to pilot schemes that link people to green activities, and share their learning regionally and nationally. Applications for the local funding need to be voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) led, with partners including grass roots organisations. They should focus on those communities hardest hit by the pandemic and work at a local ‘place’ level.
- Region-wide initiatives – such as developing training and resources to help build momentum across all boroughs. Local organisations can also bid for this work. They must demonstrate how they will work in partnership across the region.
Who can apply? Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisation led, with partners including grass roots organisations. You should focus on those communities hardest hit by the pandemic and work at a local ‘place’ level.
Grant amount: They are not specifying an amount that can be identified in an individual application, however they anticipate individual projects will range between £60k and £90k across the two years.
Application process: Partnerships interested in completing an application can find more information below:
Deadline: Applications will need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on 26 February 2021. Applications will be assessed by a selection panel and notified of the outcome on 11 March.
Contact information: Email email@example.com