Good Practice Guide to delivering a Microfunding programme

This guide is designed to support community workers and organisations to deliver an inclusive microfunding programme. It includes details on:

  • Designing the application process

  • Providing support and capacity-building opportunities

  • Delivering assessment panels

  • Funding packs, contracts and making the investment

  • Inductions for project providers

  • Monitoring and case studies

  • and the delivery of projects.

It is based on learning from Ambition for Ageing’s seven-year delivery of microfunding programmes worth over £2million across Greater Manchester, with a focus on being inclusive, co-production and providing wraparound support at every step of the process.

Ambition for Ageing was a Greater Manchester-wide programme that aimed to reduce social isolation for people aged over 50, to create more age-friendly places, and to empower people to live fulfilling lives as they age. It was a partnership programme led by GMCVO and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, as part of the Ageing Better programme.

Learning from the programme showed that the right environment and support to provide guidance, mediation, and oversight to community organisations, the changes offered by a small pot of money can have a significant impact.

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The Guide is available to download below.

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