Funding body information

Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council
Town Hall
Albert Square
M60 2LA
0161 234 5000

Point of contact:

Capacity Building Team, 0333 321 3021,


There are various grant schemes that voluntary sector organisation and community groups can apply to.

Greater Manchester Sport Grants and Funding

The Manchester City Council administer several grants scheme to support voluntary or communities organisations that seek to promote and sustain sport participation. There are three main grants schemes:

  • Neighbourhoods Sport Grants
  • Champion Charter
  • Cash Grants

For more information, visit the council's website.

Neighbourhood Investment Fund

This grants scheme helps local organisations carry out projects and events that benefit the community. There is £20,000 available for every area of Manchester each year and organisations can not apply for more than £10,000.

Applications are reviewed by a panel to decide where funds should be allocated.

For further guidance, visit the council's website or contact your local Regeneration Ward Officer or contact the Neighbourhood Investment Funds by phone 0161 234 5004 or by e-mail .

Promote Benefits of 20mph Zones

Voluntary groups can apply for a grant up to £200 to fund projects promoting the benefits of 20mph zones.

More information is available here or through contacting

Manchester Community Central

The Manchester City Council also administer the Manchester Community Central which offers various funding opportunities for local voluntary or communities organisations. The central will mostly fund non-for-profit organisations involved in social actions.

The different fundings available can be found here.

For further information, please visit their website or contact the Capacity Building Team.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Voluntary Sector Support and Advice

Small Grants Guidance

Infrastructure Support for the Third Sector

Useful organisations:

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations

Manchester Community Central

One Central Place

The Council website is easy to use and kept up to date with relevant information on voluntary sector funding.

Really useful additional information is given relating to policy and good practice in the sector, as well as contacts that provide services and help.

The council's Grants Officer, was very informed and provided helpful advice on the council's funding programmes.

The main reason that this council does not have 5 *s is that we feel there is always room for improvement!

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