This briefing summarises what we have heard from members about the value of the Greater Manchester (GM) Funders Forum in supporting them to work through and respond to the challenges of the pandemic in 2020, and what we hear they need from a regional forum going forward.
It is based on correspondence and conversations with a selection of members in spring and summer 2021, and with GMCVO staff who have supported GM Funders Forum. It offers a snapshot of the experiences of funders, and through their reflections of the community sector, at the start of what is likely to be a complicated journey to a ‘new normal’ for the voluntary sector.
About GM Funders Forum
The Greater Manchester Funders Forum is jointly supported by GMCVO and 10GM, and facilitated by GMCVO. The Forum exists to enable independent grant makers, social investors and public sector funders to collaborate and coordinate programmes. The Greater Manchester Funders Forum is being funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.