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ecosystem in Greater Manchester

Yesterday the National Lottery Community Fund and five social enterprise support agencies launched the Social Enterprise Support Fund, providing grant financial support to help social enterprises rebuild from Covid-19.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants from £10,000 to £100,000. Most grants will be between £10k-£50k. 

For all the details, eligibility criteria and to apply, please follow this link

We recommend you read through the full details on the website, but looking at some of the key eligibility criteria, you need to be:

The funding can be used for:

Helping you get your social enterprise back on track

This might be the costs of getting trading back up and running, supporting outreach and marketing, supporting your costs while your business gets back to full strength, developing new markets and services etc.

Helping you work with communities that are recovering

This might be work related to supporting communities that have been hard hit by COVID-19, for example, supporting people to get back to work, helping marginalised children catch up with education, supporting families who have been bereaved, providing services for people affected by long COVID etc.

The funding is being released in two rounds. Applications should be made through their funding portal. The portal is open on the following dates:

Round 1: 1pm on Thursday 25th November 2021 to 1pm on Tuesday 21st December 2021
Round 2: 1pm on Monday 28th February 2022 to 1pm on Thursday 24th March 2022

Link to funding portal


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Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester, M12 6FZ

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