People and communities Funding and grants for voluntary and community sector

Our Manchester VCS Grants (OMVCS)

Charitable voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations play a huge role in improving lives and communities in the city. We focus our grants programme on working with them to achieve the aims of the Our Manchester strategy.

For 2018 to 2021, a total of £7.4m has been awarded to 63 VCS organisations that have a strong track record of providing high quality services in the city.

See a list of organisations we’re funding.

OMVCS has been extended until March 2022

The current Our Manchester VCS grant funding arrangements will remain in place until March 2022.

The extension provides much needed stability within the sector and for residents in the city that require continuity of services, it also ensures that going forward, consultation, engagement and co-design can be done with stakeholders to deliver the right funding approaches, models and priorities for the city.  

Funded organisations were required to complete an extension proposal which outlined how they intend to use the funding to continue to meet the objectives of the programme and adapt services to meet the needs of residents. The proposal was not intended to form part of a new application round or assessment, but instead focused on the financial position/organisational health of VCSE groups and to ensure that Council funds were going to continue to be used as intended.

Population Health Targeted Funding – Older People's Neighbourhood (OPeNS) Fund and First 1000 Days Fund

We also administer two grants on behalf of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning for voluntary organisations that work with older people, and those that support children and families during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life (from pregnancy to the age of 2).

North Manchester Together

We are part of a partnership with VCSE organisations in North Manchester to support and strengthen the voluntary sector in North Manchester. For more information visit MACC’s website.

Support for VCS organisations

We also fund support for VCS organisations. This support includes organisation health checks, information and advice, training and professional development. These services are currently provided through MACC.

Manchester VCSE Funding Partnership

We are a member of this partnership which is made up of VCSE funders covering Manchester. Its focus is to work together to support Manchester to have a vibrant, strong, diverse and thriving VCSE sector. You can read their position statement on Macc’s website.
Manchester funders are invited to join the partnership. To express interest contact

Get in touch

You can follow us on twitter @OMVCS or send an email to


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