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The Seed Fund

14 Jul 2011 - 10:19 by michelle.foster

The Seed Fund is a partnership between the Community Foundation, The Oglesby Charitable Trust, Bruntwood Estates and the Hogben Family Trust.

This Fund is suitable for newly established community groups and projects that have been in existence for less than one year and that aim to improve the lives of those living in Manchester. The Seed Fund does not support larger organisations with a turnover of more than £5,000 a year.

The Seed Fund’s current funding priority is to encourage and support grass-root community activity. This means small, community-based and locally controlled, newly and emerging groups that have been in existence for less than one year.

These groups need to be able to manage themselves, encourage active participation from volunteers, have minimal cash reserves and limited access to funding support. The fund can also support individuals who have an idea to help others in the community.

The maximum grant request that will be considered is £1,000.

Prority is given to projects that:
• Are run by local volunteers who wish to improve the circumstances of individuals and communities in economically/socially excluded and/or deprived areas of Greater Manchester
• Have been in existence for less than 12 months and who are working towards formalising the group/organisation
• Do not have access to a professional fundraiser and experience difficulty in attracting funding from other sources
• Encourage involvement of local residents in improving, designing, identifying and implementing community activities
• Promote voluntary participation and social inclusion as well as community involvement and self-help
• Meet and demonstrate an emerging or immediate need and serve to build the community’s awareness
• Do not duplicate an existing provision or service

For further information and to apply, contact 0161 214 0940, or email:

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time

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