A range of packages are available to VCSE organisations in Greater Manchester to support them through the outbreak and help them to continue to deliver their vital services.

Full details of all the Government support available to VCSE organisations

These include:

  • Government emergency support funding for charities distributed via the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is now open to applications. NCLF will fund activities supporting people and communities affected by covid-19. They will also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic. There are three kinds of grant available: 
  • A Greater Manchester Community Support Fund has been set up by Forever Manchester providing grants of up to £5,000, which are available to be applied for by small, often very local community groups.
  • Barclays' 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme is offering charities which are supporting coronavirus-related efforts to apply for a £100,000 grant to help them through this period. The deadline to apply for this grant is Friday, May 22.
  • The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity previously had an open call for applications for up to £10,000 per organisation to support the Greater Manchester emergency homelessness COVID-response. While applications are currently closed, it is hoped these will reopen, so keep an eye on gmmayorscharity.co.uk
  • The ESF Community Grant has launched a targeted programme in response to COVID-19. The round is called Re-Connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations which are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £20,000 are available across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector. Applications close on June 3.
  • Big Society Capital has launched a £100million programme of loans and investments to help get much-needed emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Local funding

There is also specific local funding available to organisations in areas of Greater Manchester

  • Stockport Local Fund is giving out grants of up to £1,000 to organisations supporting the COVID-19 response in Stockport.
  • Salford Crisis Fund is offering up to £500 to VCSE organisations to help address immediate need arising from the coronavirus crisis.
  • The Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside Covid-19 Community Response Fund is now live. It is offering grants of up to £200 or up to £1,000.
  • MACC is keeping track of funding available to organisations in Manchester
  • Grants of up to £1,000 are available to groups and organisations in Bolton working to connect and increase their ability to reach more people as part of Bolton’s community response to Covid-19.
  • Organisations in Bury can bid for a share of £10,000 to support them in the work they are doing to help people through the Covid-19 crisis.

The Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group is responding to the pandemic on behalf of the VCSE sector in GM. They have issued a statement which identifies seven areas for concern and action. You can read the statement and find out more about what they are doing to support the VCSE sector in GM here.  

GM VCSE Leaders have written to the Chancellor are asking for urgent help for VCSE organisations. You can read the letter here.

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation has a suite of web pages providing guidance, support and resources for VCSE organisations, including specific pages for Social Enterprises and BAME communities. You can also find out what GMCVO is doing in response to Copvid-19. The web pages can be accessed here.

Members of 10GM and our local infrastructure colleagues across Greater Manchester are working together to support local communities by working with our VCSE sector and public bodies in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. A range of links and resources with connections to developments in each borough of Greater Manchester can be found here.


Article Published: 19/05/2020 10:30 AM