Grants Management

Macc works with funders and commissioners to find new ways to build relationships with local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. Increasingly we are supporting the delivery of grant programmes as a means of building grassroots community work. Please contact us if we can assist you in running and developing grants programmes.

Mental Health and Wellbeing [just launched]
Following the Reducing Social Isolation grants (see below) Macc is again managing a grant fund on behalf of the three Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups. £330,000 is available to groups to build greater understanding of how the Manchester CCGs can work with local groups to improve access to mainstream mental health services and support the mental wellbeing of Manchester residents over the age of 50yrs. £20,000 has been set aside for independent evaluation by Office for Public Management. The programme will open for applications in September 2016.

Spirit of Manchester Fund [currently closed]
As part of our annual Spirit of Manchester programme, Macc has developing a scheme to provide mini-grants to local voluntary and community groups, social enterprises or registered charities to help deliver projects, events or community activities which will improve the and wellbeing of people who live, work or study in Manchester. Funds are raised as part of our Spirit of Manchester programme and distributed through application to a process which runs for a limited period each year. The first round was completed in May 2016 and we hope to run further rounds in future. Updates will be advertised in our email bulletin.

Atlas Grants [Now closed]
Administration of a small number of grants for community projects relating to arts and wellbeing on behalf of the University of Manchester.

Reducing Social Isolation [Now closed]
From 2013-15, Macc managed this grant fund on behalf of the three Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups. £600,000 was made available to groups to build greater understanding of how the Manchester CCGs can work with local groups to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Manchester residents over the age of 50yrs. £50,000 has been set aside for independent evaluation by Office for Public Management. Besides bringing some valuable support to socially isolated older people in communities across the city, this was an important development for Macc for a number of strategic reasons:

  1. Building relationships between CCGs and VCSE through work on the grants programme
  2. It develops Macc’s relationships with CCG commissioners by working together designing the programme
  3. It also enables Macc to influence NHS approaches to funding VCSE and promotes grant programmes as a model for the CCGs to use in securing outcomes
  4. The design of the grant fund has been set up to develop CCG –VCSE relations understanding and engagement which should have a lasting impact after the grant fund ends
  5. It will produce a range of useful evidence into best practice interventions to reduce social we have also been working to support the Reducing Social Isolation and/Loneliness funding. As part this we have been involved in publicising the funding through twitter, bulletins (Macc’s quarterly bulletin, VOP bulletins and circulating information via Macc’s networks. Macc was involved with promoting the partnership elements of the funding programme and liaised with a variety of public and private sector organisations and departments to promote the funding programme and partnerships links in Manchester.

Community First [Now closed]
This is national government initiative to develop a local community grants fund distributed at ward level through community panels made up of representatives from local residents, businesses and the councillors. There is a panel in 18 wards in Manchester and the programme ran until early 2015. Grants of up to £2,500 were awarded by the panel and distributed through the Community Development Foundation. Macc has been acting a "panel partner" responsible for the setup, administration and support of the working of the panels across Manchester.This work enabled Macc to develop a range of useful new relationships within the Council Regeneration Teams, Housing Associations, Councillors and community associations. Macc produced an evaluation report on the programme at the end of the final year - contact us for a copy..

Transforming Local Infrastructure [Now closed]
Macc managed the delivery of this programme following a successful bid to the Office for Civil Society's fund managed by BIG Fund. The budget for the work was just under £400,000 and Macc co-ordinated a partnership of 13 local support organisations to develop and deliver a range of products and services to meet the needs of the local VCSE sector. The programme commenced in March 2012 and was successfully completed in September 2013.