Developing Trauma Responsive Communities VCSE Grants

We are hosting an online briefing event for this grants programme on Tuesday 29th June. Register to attend here.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is seeking expressions of interest from Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations, operating in Greater Manchester for the benefit of Greater Manchester residents, to be part of the development of a Trauma Responsive and Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Framework. This grants programme is administered by GMCVO.


We want to change the way we do things across Greater Manchester and create a coordinated multi sector approach to reduce individual and community exposure to ACEs and trauma.  We want to support the understanding and recognition of ACEs and trauma to prevent or mitigate consequences and become a trauma and ACE responsive city-region. 

We want to start by supporting a strong and collaborative foundation to create long-term, sustainable change and we hope that this funding opportunity will support and develop partnerships and resilience across VCSE organisations, which will support the trauma and ACE-responsive provision.

It is important you have read the further information attached below before applying.

What we are looking for

Expressions of Interest (EOI) that:

  • Outline how they will drive forward system leadership.

  • Contribute to modelling the learning and share good practice across Greater Manchester.

  • Include partnership and collaborative work within or across localities, or across community/communities of identity.

Succesful EOIs will be for a one year project and costed at between £10,000 and £15,000.

We expect to release other rounds of grant funding at a later stage.

Applicants who are successful at the EOI stage will be invited to submit further information and attend an interview with the funding panel.

Who can apply


  1. For constituted Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations operating in Greater Manchester for the benefit of Greater Manchester residents. 
    Applications from CIC’s will be accepted if they have a minimum of three directors, a membership and an asset lock with a specified organisation named.
    Applications from Companies limited by guarantee will need a minimum of three directors, and within their Articles of Association a statement about their purpose and social impact, a not for profit clause, a director remuneration clause as well as a clause stating that assets will be distributed to another not-for-profit organisation fulfilling similar objects if they dissolve.

  2. Applicants must have a bank account requiring two signatures in the name of the organisation.

  3. Applicants must have an annual income of at least £30,000 in their most recent full financial year (as shown in annual or management accounts).

  4. Applicants must have an up-to-date safeguarding policy in place and a named safeguarding officer.

  5. Applicants must have adequate public and employee insurance in place.


Expressions of interest must:

  1. Demonstrate that the applicant has extensive experience (over 3 years) of engaging directly with communities and building individual and community resilience.

  2. Demonstrate that the applicant organisation already has a trauma informed and responsive culture embedded within the way they deliver services and run their organisation.

  3. Show they have an understanding of the issues communities are facing and the impact that COVID-19 has had.

  4. Include people with lived experience in the development of their ideas.

  5. Include details of how they will develop partnership and collaborative working within or across localities, or across community/communities of identity. (it is expected preliminary discussions will have already taken place)

  6. Clearly explain how they will model learning and share good practice across the communities in Greater Manchester their proposal covers. 

Possible delivery ideas include:

  • Developing a consortium of organisations to become trauma responsive and to create an ongoing community of practice.

  • Developing a community of practice in your local authority area or with a community of interest across more than one borough to learn and lead the implementation of trauma responsive approaches in the VCSE sector and communities.

  • Building understanding of how to translate the evidence base into practical action. For example, to train communities about trauma responsive approaches to reflect local needs and priorities or those of specific communities.

  • Co-production of learning resources / co-facilitation of training for professionals using lived experience to affect change.

  • Using insight from lived experience to develop community resilience.

Key dates 

Launch:                              Friday 11th June 2021
Online briefing event:  Tuesday 29th June 2021 - register to attend here
Closing date:                    Monday 26th July 2021 at 17:00
Notification of decision: Thursday 19th August 2021
Stage 2 further information deadline: Tuesday 24th August 2021 at 17:00
Stage 2 interviews: Thursday 26th August 2021 (you must be available to attend an online interview on this date)
Project start:                September/October 2021
Project completion:     September/October 2022 (12 months)

Decision making 

All applications will be scored against the eligibility and criteria above.

How to apply

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Once registered, click the 'APPLY' button below to login and access the application form.

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