People and communities Funding and grants for voluntary and community sector

Funding and grants for the voluntary and community sector

Our Manchester VCS Grants Refresh 2022

Are you a Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisation working in Manchester? If yes, we want your views on a new Our Manchester VCS grants programme, to launch in the Autumn of 2022.  

The Our Manchester VCS Grants Programme is Manchester City Council's largest grants programme for the voluntary and community sector (£2.4m per year). The programme launched in 2017 and currently funds 63 organisations working across the city. After two extensions of existing arrangements, a new Our Manchester VCS Grants programme is scheduled to launch in the Autumn. What this fund will look like has not been decided and we want the experiences and views of Manchester's VCSE sector to help shape it.  

Refresh not Redesign  

The programme will not be completely redesigned, but instead will be brought up to date to reflect the refreshed Our Manchester Strategy, build on what's working well in the current programme, take on board lessons learned from the first round, the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.   

It's extremely important to us that the views and ideas of VCSE groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes that work with adults and older people inform this process.

Be Part of the Conversation

There are three different ways VCSE organisations can join in the conversation:

  1. Come to one of our in-person engagement events (April)*
  2. Attend one of our virtual engagement events (April)*
  3. Complete the online survey by Wednesday 4th May midnight

Event links will take you to our Eventbrite page - please note that places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. To ensure we hear from as many organisations as possible we can only offer a maximum of 1 space on 1 session per VCSE organisation (except for additional spaces needed for accessibility requirements).

Our Manchester VCS Grants (OMVCS)

Charitable voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations play a huge role in improving lives and communities in the city. We focus our grants programme on working with them to achieve the aims of the Our Manchester strategy.

For 2018 to 2021, a total of £7.4m has been awarded to 63 VCS organisations that have a strong track record of providing high quality services in the city.

See a list of organisations we're funding.

This funding has been extended until March 2023.

Funded organisations were required to complete an extension proposal which outlined how they intend to use the funding to continue to meet the objectives of the programme and adapt services to meet the needs of residents. The proposal was not intended to form part of a new application round or assessment, but instead focused on the financial position/organisational health of VCSE groups and to ensure that Council funds were going to continue to be used as intended.

Population Health Targeted Funding - Older People's Neighbourhood (OPeNS) Fund and First 1000 Days Fund

We also administer two grants on behalf of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning for voluntary organisations that work with older people, and those that support children and families during the first 1,000 days of a child's life (from pregnancy to the age of 2).

North Manchester Together

We are part of a partnership with VCSE organisations in North Manchester to support and strengthen the voluntary sector in North Manchester. For more information visit MACC's website.

Support for VCS organisations

We also fund support for VCS organisations in Manchester. This support includes organisation health checks, information and advice, training and professional development. These services are currently provided through MACC.

Manchester VCSE Funding Partnership

We are a member of this partnership which is made up of VCSE funders covering Manchester. Its focus is to work together to support Manchester to have a vibrant, strong, diverse and thriving VCSE sector. You can read their position statement on MACC's website.
Manchester funders are invited to join the partnership. To express interest contact

Get in touch

You can follow us on twitter @OMVCS or send an email to


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