Developing Trauma Responsive Communities VCSE Grants

Applications for this grants programme closed on Monday 26th July 2021 at 17:00.

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations are encouraged to bid for funding to support the implementation of trauma responsive approaches in Greater Manchester.

The work funded by this grants programme, will be part of the development of a Greater Manchester Trauma Responsive and Adverse Childhood Experience Framework. The aim being to create a coordinated approach to reduce individual and community exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma.


What are ACEs?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in stress that can harm a child’s development.  These experiences range from suffering verbal, mental, sexual, and physical abuse, to being raised in a household where domestic violence, alcohol abuse, parental separation or drug abuse is present.  This stress can impact on children’s healthy development and may have long lasting impact on their life chances. We know that at least one in ten of us will have had four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences as children.

What is trauma?

Trauma can impact every element of life and can affect a person’s ability to engage in society meaningfully. It can present as distressed or challenging behaviour and can ultimately affect relationships, engagement, employment and the ability to contribute to society in a positive and meaningful way. This is not inevitable and the way systems, staff and communities respond can have protective and positive effects.

At the most basic level, ‘trauma-informed approaches’ are ways of supporting people that recognise specific needs they may have as a result of past or ongoing trauma.


The grants programme will be funded by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and administered by GMCVO.

Grants of up to £15,000 are available for at least five GM VCSE organisations (£75,000 total pot) who:

  1. Have an income of over £30,000 in their most recent full financial year.

  2. Already have a trauma informed and responsive culture embedded within the way they deliver services.

  3. Are interested in providing a leadership role in one or more geographical areas or communities of identity in Greater Manchester, in the development of the framework and trauma responsive approaches within the wider VCSE sector.

To find out more about the grants programme, and to apply for a grant, please visit our website here.

Applications for this grants programme closed on Monday 26th July 2021 at 17:00.

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