Forever Manchester is delighted to announce, on behalf of the Greater Manchester Integrated Care System NHS Charities, that applications to the NHS Charities Together Community Partnership Grants Programme are now open.

Two-year grants of £100,000 or more are available to projects which support the health and well-being of communities disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected that the available funding of £1,247,490 will support a small number of large grants to focus on sustainable health outcomes, spread across the three programme themes: Mental Health, Tackling Health Inequalities and Hospital at Home.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Monday 24th April and full applications by Tuesday 9th May.

For further details on criteria, guidance and how to apply can be found here:

Who Can Apply?

Funding is available to support projects delivered by Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations, working in partnership with the NHS, to support the health and wellbeing of communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

How much can you apply for?

The minimum you can apply for is £100,000 (£50,000 per annum for two years) and there is no upper limit.

Programme Criteria

Applicants to the Fund must meet all three of the national NHS Charities Together criteria for the fund as well as local thematic criteria set by the Greater Manchester ICS NHS Charities.

NHS Charities Together Criteria

  1. Results in a measurable improvement in health outcomes for communities adversely affected by Covid-19*
  2. Involves a partnership of one or more NHS bodies and community organisations
  3. Leads to a direct, positive impact on the NHS whilst it responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, applications must also address one of the following themes:


In Greater Manchester, the application, assessment and monitoring process is being administrated by Forever Manchester working on behalf of the Greater Manchester Integrated Care System (ICS) NHS Charities. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is the lead charity for Greater Manchester and has overall responsibility for distributing the funding. The final decision on how the funds are to be spent will rest with the Greater Manchester ICS NHS Charities and NHS Charities Together.