A range of packages are available to VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) 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 (opens in a new tab)

These include:

  • A Greater Manchester Community Support Fund (opens in a new tab) 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. This fund is currently closed but will be re-opening with revised criteria in the near future.
  • The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESF) Community Grant (opens in a new tab) has launched a targeted programme in response to COVID-19. The round is called ADAPT 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 closed on July 22.
  • Big Society Capital (opens in a new tab) 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

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 (opens in a new tab).  

GM VCSE Leaders have written to the Chancellor are asking for urgent help for VCSE organisations. You can read the letter here (opens in a new tab).

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 (opens in a new tab) and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities (opens in a new tab). You can also find out what Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) (opens in a new tab) is doing in response to Copvid-19.

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 (opens in a new tab).

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