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The Older People's Neighbourhood Support (OPeNS) Fund – Now open for applications

15 Oct 2019 - 12:49 by michelle.foster

The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) is a key partner in the delivery of Manchester’s Population Health Plan. This is the city’s overarching plan for reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes for our residents. The Plan has five priorities, including the priority to create an age-friendly city that promotes good health and wellbeing for people in mid and later life.

Funding is available for projects that aim to increase the health and wellbeing of older people in each of the 12 neighbourhoods of Manchester.

To enable older people:

  1. To be more socially connected to family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and their local community
  2. To increase their skills and abilities to help themselves and others
  3. To make more use of local organisations and amenities, and to engage with residents in their local community of all ages


  • The amount of available funding varies between neighbourhoods
  • Only one application per neighbourhood will be funded
  • Funding is for two years
  • You can only be a lead or partner organisation in three applications for funding
  • You can only be part of one application per neighbourhood

Only organisations already funded through any of the following grant programmes are eligible to apply for funding as the lead organisation:

  • Our Manchester Voluntary and Community Sector (General Fund)
  • Young Manchester (Youth and Play Fund)
  • Cultural Partnership Agreement grants programme

A list of all eligible organisations is available within the guidance document for the fund and can also be found attached.

Organisations must already have a significant track record of delivering services to Manchester citizens.

The key priorities for this fund are older people:

  • Over the age of 65
  • Living in north Manchester wards
  • From black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) communities
  • Who are lonely and/or isolated

Applicants must respond to the priorities within their bids and delivery of the activities.

Grant amounts
The overall amount for this fund is £1.061million. These funds are fixed and have been divided into neighbourhoods as follows:

£94,640 for each of the following neighbourhoods:

  • Higher Blackley, Harpurhey and Charlestown
  • Gorton and Levenshulme
  • Wythenshawe: Baguley, Sharston and Woodhouse Park
  • Ancoats, Clayton and Bradford
  • Miles Platting, Newton Heath, Moston and City Centre
  • Wythenshawe: Brooklands and Northenden

£89,180 for each of the following neighbourhoods:

  • Cheetham and Crumpsall
  • Hulme, Moss Side and Rusholme
  • Ardwick and Longsight
  • Didsbury, Burnage and Chorlton Park

£68,250 for each of the following neighbourhoods:

  • Fallowfield and Withington
  • Chorlton, Whalley Range and Fallowfield

Applications can be submitted using Smart Survey www.manchester.gov.uk/OPENSfund between Monday 14 October and Monday 11 November 2019, 10am.

For further information, contact the OM Funds Programme Management Team on 0161 234 3159/3267, or email: omfunds@manchester.gov.uk

Key dates
Closing date for applications: Monday 11 November 2019 at 10am
Decision date: December 2019
Due diligence date: January 2020
Start date for projects: Anticipated to commence January/February 2020

Targeted Funding Old Person Fund Prospectus
Targeted Funding Old Person Fund Guidance Notes
Targeted Fund Eligible Groups

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