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Grants Programme

We provide funding to community groups and local charities throughout the city of Manchester, bringing communities together to celebrate diversity, breakdown barriers and help create a better future for the city. 

We have supported over 160 community groups and projects since 2011.

Find out how to apply to our We Love MCR Stronger Communities Fund.

All the money we raise stays in Manchester, bringing positive benefits to communities throughout the City.

Find out more about the projects and groups we have supported.

Volition project

Family Courses with One Education Outdoors

Every year we fund carefully selected Manchester families to leave the city and travel to Windermere to experience a family course at Ghyll Head Outdoor Education Centre. The young people and their parents take part in a range of outdoor activities, helping to build confidence, self esteem and new skills. The families spend valuable time together away from 'normal life'. 

This is an incredibly positive experience for everyone involved - family bonds are strengthened, lasting friendships are formed and the young people and their parents leave with an experience they won't forget.

Thanks to our supporters in 2018 the Charity has been able to fund 48 young people and their parents to benefit from this life changing experience. 


"I cannot thank everyone enough for giving my family this amazing experience. We have done things we would never be able to afford to do and have done things we probably wouldn't have tried. Thank you."

"We have had the best time at Ghyll Head! We tried all the activities- I especially enjoyed the canoeing and am hoping to go to Debdale or Sale Water Park with the rest of our family on a day out. Spending time with other dads and sons did me good as we all learned from each other. I am proud of my boys - both of them showed no fear."

Short Breaks for All Grant Programme

Many of the young people and their families we support have never had the opportunity to experience a holiday together before and spend important time as a family away from 'normal' life. Our Short Breaks for All programme helps strengthen family relationships, create shared memories and for the children to experience things for the first time that many of us take for granted.

The short breaks are taken locally in the UK and the young people and their families are nominated by a team of family support workers and social workers. In 2018, 15 young people and their parents from Manchester experienced a short break during the summer months thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Since 2011 335 adults and 610 children have benefited from this programme. 

To nominate a family please contact The Gaddum Centre on 0161 834 6069 or email to request an application form.

We fund one-week low cost holidays in Great Britain for families who have not had a holiday together during the past three years, who are on a low income and are residents in the City of Manchester. All applications for a grant must be submitted by a professional person on behalf of the family such as a Social Worker, Health Visitor, Teacher or other professional as appropriate.



Anson Cabin project


“We loved playing on the beach, the children had never seen the sea before.”


“We got our first holiday away together and made lots of nice memories.”

“The children enjoyed being away from Manchester and more space to play.”


“It made a big change for us. I saw happiness in my children I haven’t seen for a long time.”