For Grant Applicants

Grant programmes open for applications

The Charity Service manages a range of charitable grant-making funds. Whilst we proactively search and select charities for many of these funds, we also operate some open access grant programmes. Details of grant programmes currently open for applications are provided below.

Greater Manchester Grants

Funding for registered charities, community groups and voluntary organisations working in Greater Manchester to prevent homelessness, reduce social isolation or support for vulnerable families & children.

Cinderella Grants

Funding for individuals or organisations to support the costs of respite care and support (including but not limited to the provision of holidays) for the benefit of children and young people.

Greater Manchester Grants

Grants for organisations in Greater Manchester

Applications for grant funding are invited from registered charities, community groups and voluntary organisations working to assist individuals who are disadvantaged, sick, have a disability and / or living in poverty within Greater Manchester.

Our priorities are:

  • Preventing homelessness – Since there are too many people either living on the streets or in temporary accommodation, we will support activities and services that tackle homelessness.
  • Reducing social isolation – Since social isolation is known to have a negative impact on individual health and well-being, we will support activities and services across the life-course that enhance social connectedness.
  • Support for vulnerable families & children – Since families and children may find themselves in difficult, precarious and unsafe situations, we will support activities and services that address their immediate needs.

Grants are available to support activiity and project costs; capital costs; and/or organisational core costs. This includes unrestricted and multi-year grants up to a maximum of 3 years.

The maximum amount of grant for any one year is £3,000.

The maximum amount of multi-year grant funding available, over a 3 year period, is £9,000 (i.e. £3,000 in each year, with funds paid out annually across the period, subject to satisfactory performance).

Our average annual grant tends to be around £1,000.

We normally focus our support on organisations that are working within one of our priority areas and:

  • are embedded within the local community;
  • encourage community participation;
  • involve volunteers;
  • have been registered or active for a period of at least 3 years;
  • have a track record of delivery; and,
  • have an annual expenditure of no more than £1m.

Due diligence checks will be completed on all organisations prior to a grant application being considered by our Trustees.

Details of forthcoming grant application deadlines can be found in grant-making news.

We welcome grant applicants talking to us before they submit an application. This gives us a chance to get to know you and to guide you through the application process. If you have a question about submitting an application, please contact Pete Yarwood on 0330 1330 780 or 07936 917679, or email [email protected]

Please remember:

  • Completing an application form is NOT a guarantee that grant funding will be provided.
  • Grants will NOT be paid retrospectively to cover cost already incurred.
  • By completing and submitting an application form you will be agreeing on behalf of your organisation to abide by the terms and conditions of funding.

Please submit your completed application form, and all supporting documentation required, to: [email protected]

Cinderella Grants

Grants for respite care and support for children and young people.

Funding from our Chronicle Cinderella Home Fund is available for individuals or organisations to support the costs of respite care and support (including but not limited to the provision of holidays) for the benefit of children and young people under the age of 25 who are sick, convalescent, have special educational needs or are disadvantaged for any other reason. The respite care and support should provide a positive experience for the young person and/or provide a beneficial short period of rest for the young person’s carers and family.

Grants are available to residents within Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, North East Cheshire and North West Derbyshire.

The maximum amount of funding available for an Individual application is £1,000.

The maximum amount of funding for. Group application is £3,000 (although our average grant tends to be around £1,000).

Please Note:

  • Individual applications must be completed by a Sponsor such as a Social Worker, GP, Teacher or other professional person who knows the individual, the family and their circumstances well enough to complete the application form on their behalf.

  • We will normally only fund respite care and support where the family lacks the resources to pay for the respite care and support themselves, or where the local authority are unable to make such provision.

  • All applications must be approved prior to any activity taking place. Funding will not be approved or paid retrospectively.

Due diligence checks will be completed on all organisations prior to a grant application being considered by our Trustees.

Details of forthcoming grant application deadlines can be found in grant-making news.

We welcome grant applicants talking to us before they submit an application. This gives us a chance to get to know you and to guide you through the application process. If you have a question about submitting an application, please contact Pete Yarwood on 0330 1330 780 or 07936 917679, or email [email protected]

Please remember:

  • Completing an application form is NOT a guarantee that grant funding will be provided.
  • Grants will NOT be paid retrospectively to cover cost already incurred.
  • By completing and submitting an application form you will be agreeing on behalf of your organisation to abide by the terms and conditions of funding.

Please submit your completed application form, and all supporting documentation required, to: [email protected]

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