A new £30 million Waking Watch Relief Fund has been made available by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government to support residents in high rise buildings with unsafe cladding by funding the installation of fire alarms to replace the use of waking watch services.

GMCA has agreed to administer the fund for private buildings in Greater Manchester.

The eligibility criteria has been determined the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.

The eligibility criteria are set out in the Waking Watch Relief Fund Prospectus (link opens as new pdf) and all applications must be made using the form provided.

GMCA can only process applications which are submitted on the approved form and the GMCA does not have the discretion to approve funding for buildings which do not meet the eligibility criteria.

We aim to process applications as quickly as possible and you should hear from us within two weeks after submitting a fully completed application form with the required documentation attached.

If your application is successful you will be sent a Grant Funding Agreement which will need to be completed and returned before any payments can be made.

For successful applications, 80 percent of the funding will be provided up front and the remainder of the grant will be payable following installation of the fire alarm system and receipt of a commissioning certificate.

Incomplete application forms or forms without the required evidence attached cannot be processed and will be returned for resubmission.

If you are responsible for an eligible building and wish to submit an application you should email a completed application form for each building to wwrf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk.

When submitting an application please put Application for WWRF <Building Name, Street Address and Postcode> in the subject line.

More information about the Waking Watch Relief Fund and how to apply (link opens in new tab)

Find out if you are eligible for the Waking Watch Relief Fund (link opens as new pdf)