Funding body information

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Trafford Town Hall
Talbot Road
0161 912 2000

Point of contact:

Thrive Team, 0300 777 0145,


Third Sector Grants

Thrive is coordinating and managing Trafford Council's Voluntary Sector Grants, Equalities Grants and Early Years Outreach Grants. Local needs have been identified by working closely with the Trafford Locality Partnerships and partners to assess gaps in support, both in terms of capacity and also in activities delivered. The Early Years Outreach Grants will support individuals, small and new groups to develop innovative children and families activities.

Trafford Council's Locality Partnerships looks for voluntary and community groups to develop and deliver innovative projects that would benefit their locality.

Trafford Council launched the 2015 Voluntary Sector Grants programme in April 2015 with £80,000 worth of funding. Small grants were available for projects which meet a local need.

The deadline for all applications was Friday 29th May at 5pm and is now closed for applications.

Information about future grants can be found on the 'Trafford Council 2015 Voluntary Sector Grants' page.

Trafford Partnership Old Trafford and Streford - Small Grant Scheme

The Old Trafford and Stretford Locality Partnership and the THT Community Panels are launching a small grants scheme to support small scale environmental improvements in your area. Grants of up to £300 are available for groups or people to enhance and improve a local communal space, such as an alleyway or local patch of land. The purpose of the grants scheme is to promote positive use of local spaces and encourage community spirit in the neighbourhood e.g. clearing out an alleyway or providing raised beds to grow fruit in an alleyway.

More information can be found on the 'ThriveTrafford' site or on oldtrafford&

Closing Date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 8th July 2015

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:

New Grant Scheme information:

Useful organisations:

Voluntary and Community Action Trafford:

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council currently administers one grant scheme, which comprises of both small and larger grants available to the voluntary sector. The council run the larger part of the grant programme and administer the small grants through Community Foundation for Greater Manchester. Both elements are currently on hold until the end of the year; however this situation is not reflected on the council's website.

Staff in the Council's Regeneration Team, who manage voluntary sector funding, were very helpful and happy to release any information relating to their past, current and future plans for voluntary sector funding.

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