GM Mental Wellbeing: small grants

GMCVO are delivering a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester, that may struggle to achieve higher levels of mental wellbeing. 

Following the success of year 1 of the programme, a second year has been agreed which will build on the lessons learned and successful projects from the first year. You can find a full list of grants awarded in year 1 here.

The communities we want to reach in year 2 are:

Tackling Inequalities Fund

Greater Sport and GM Moving have now launched phase 3 of their Tackling Inequalities Fund. The fund is to help reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity, and on active lives.

Applications are now open and organisations across Greater Manchester can apply.

To ensure the fund can reach the many diverse communities across Greater Manchester, and provide an accessible application process we encourage interested applicants to apply via written, telephone or video application.

Volunteer and Social Action Network

Published date: 
Tuesday, 5th October 2021

As you know Action Together are involved with a lot of Networks and we are constantly looking at attendance levels to see whether the current format is the best for that network .

We have noticed that the Volunteer and Social Action network has seen its numbers fall and so we are asking if you would fill out a little survey to see whether this network still has a value to all our members. To help you, this is the role of the VSAN :-

Faith New Deal Pilot Fund

Aims/priorities: The pilot fund has been designed to support faith-based organisations build on and expand the good work being carried out locally and to demonstrate the important role they play in tackling and responding to social challenges as the country moves into post COVID recovery and rebuilding of civil society. 

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate how they will meet all the following strategic objectives:

Postcode Dream Trust - Dream Fund

Aims/priorities: The Fund is intended to give organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life.

The Dream Fund is looking for projects that seek to implement systemic change in order to address an important social or environmental problem.

Systems change involves looking at problems in a macro context and understanding the entire ecosystem of that problem, in order to develop long-term solutions.

Be One Percent

Aims/priorities: Be One Percent are accepting applications for grants to create effective funding partnerships and support different areas of poverty alleviation across the developing world.

Twelve projects are available for funding in 2022, with priority given to ‘efficient and effective’ organisations working in the following areas:

Greater Manchester Peer Support Innovation Grant

Aims/priorities: Does your organisation or group need support to grow your peer support activities? The Greater Manchester Peer Support Innovation Grant is designed to support new or smaller peer support groups with innovative ways of introducing peer support to the community. Applicants can apply for a grant of up to £250 towards their project or event (from a total available funding pot of £2500).

Who can apply? New or smaller VCFSE peer support groups.

Grant amount: Up to £250

Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund

Aims/priorities: The purpose of the fund is to inspire community action across Greater Manchester that:

  • promotes inclusion for LGBTQ+ people and communities. and/or
  • raises awareness of HIV.

Who can apply? VCSE organisation base in Greater Manchester with a turnover of less than £100,000.

Grant amount: Up to £1,000

Application process: Download the application from the website.

Deadline: 5 October 2021

The Charity Service – Cinderella Fund

Aims/priorities: The Cinderella Fund can be used by groups or individuals to support the cost of a short respite holiday, day trip or activity for disabled, sick, convalescent or disadvantaged children whose family are unable to afford the cost. Grants are available to residents who live within the geographical areas of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, North East Cheshire and North West Derbyshire. 


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Power and Accountability Programme

Aims/priorities: The Fund aims to support people to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest. 

Funding is available for work in the following areas:

Strengthening corporate accountability - the Trust is interested in funding work which: