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Tier 1 Grants

Over a 12 month period, we will fund a minimum of 25 Tier 1 Grants, up to £500. To ensure fairness we will only award one grant per organisation in one calendar year.

There will be 4 funding windows available throughout the year for Tier 1 Grants, with a minimum of 6 grants awarded per quarter.

Upon receipt of a Tier 1 Grant application, submissions will be fast-tracked for review and we endeavour to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 14 days following the date of submission. If successful, we endeavour to pay grants within 10 days, following receipt of a completed grant acceptance form and agreement.

Tier 2 Grants

Grant applications require a greater level of detail and supporting financial information to accompany submissions.

Over a 12 month period, we will fund a minimum of 8 Tier 2 Grants between £500 - £2000. To ensure fairness we will only award one grant per organisation in one calendar year.*

There will be 4 funding windows available throughout the year for Tier 2 Grants, with a minimum of 2 grants awarded per quarter.

We endeavour to notify Tier 2 applicants of the outcome of their submission approximately 14 days after the submission deadline for that quarter. Please refer to the calendar detailing the Tier 2 submission timeline above.

If successful, we endeavour to pay Tier 2 grants within 14 days, following receipt of a completed grant acceptance form including all required supporting information and references.

+ Funding Criteria

The Manchester Pride Community Grant programme supports two goals: ‘to celebrate LGBT+ life’ and ‘to engage LGBT+ people through culture,’ specifically in Greater Manchester.

Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate how their actions will contribute to achieving these goals, specifically:

You are able to demonstrate:

That you are a community/voluntary group or organisation who is making a positive lasting contribution to LGBT+ life in Greater Manchester and/or you are working towards an event/initiative/project that engages LGBT+ people through culture.

Your application should detail how your community group, organisation, project, event or initiative can:

  • Improve, and enhance the wellbeing of LGBT+ people living in, working in and visiting Greater Manchester
  • Contribute to a thriving LGBT+ culture where people feel valued, accepted and engaged
  • Provide a safe, welcoming space that embraces diversity and challenges prejudice and discrimination
  • Educate the wider community about equality and diversity
  • Benefit all members of the community regardless of age, race, gender, religion and belief, disability, sex and sexual orientation (Marriage and civil partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity)

+ Guidance Notes

Who can apply?

Before you consider applying for a Manchester Pride Community Grant, you need to be sure that your organisation, group, project/initiative or event are eligible for a grant.

We will only fund formally constituted not-for-profit organisations, groups and statutory bodies. This might include sports groups, voluntary organisations, local charities and community interest groups.

We will not fund an individual, a sole trader or partnership, organisations established to make profit or organisations not established in the UK.

What we will fund

We will provide funding towards specific costs for the ongoing running of a community group for example, equipment, kit, printing costs, venue hire*, etc.

We will provide funding to cover the costs of specific elements in the delivery of a project/initiative or event specifically for LGBT+ people.

What we are unable to fund

We’re eager to see the difference that our funding will make - not necessarily what you need to buy to make that difference happen. We want to see the positive impacts of your project/initiative or event on the LGBT+ community and beyond.

There are some costs we are unable to fund:

  • We are unable to fund or partially fund a salary
  • We are unable to directly contribute towards operational staff costs
  • We are unable to pay for food or drink
  • We are unable to fund travel expenses or out of pocket expenses
  • Contingency costs and VAT you can recover
  • Projects involving travel to another country
  • Sponsorship, endowments or loan repayments

Demonstrating Best Value

For any purchase, such as hiring or purchasing equipment, we encourage you to get prices from a selection of suppliers to ensure you are getting the best possible price.

Your organisation/group should ensure it effectively manages any conflict of interest between trustees/directors or members of your organisation and suppliers of goods and services.

Plan your project

Grant applications are more likely to be successful if they can show how the project has been carefully thought through. We will assess your application against four key areas, so please consider whether:

You understand why the project/event or initiative is needed

You know what impact your project/event or initiative will have. For example, the number of people who will benefit and the number of times they will take part

You know how you will deliver the project and measure its success

You can sustain the benefit of the project beyond the life of the grant

Gathering your supporting documents

For non-statutory organisations, you will need to include copies of the following with your application:

Governing document/constitution

Evidence that you have a bank account in the name of your organisation

Names and addresses of two referees

You can also include photographs, letters of support or other documents you feel may help explain why your project is needed

Completing your application

We are looking for the best projects, events and initiatives that have a lasting, measurable impact on LGBT+ people and communities in Greater Manchester. In your application, please consider the following questions:

What problem are you trying to solve?

How do you know your particular project/event/initiative is needed by those you want to attract? Have you undertaken any consultation? Do you already have a track record for delivering impactful projects/initiatives or events?

What difference will your project make?

What will be the impact?

How can you deliver your project? Can you simply explain the steps to achieving the impact you want to achieve?

Does your organisation or group have the right skills and experience to deliver the project? If not, who will you work with to help?

Will you be able to measure the results of your project? You will need to report on the success of your project if we provide funding, so you should consider how you will be able to do this.

How will you ensure there is a lasting benefit from your project. Can you explain how you will either sustain the activity after our funding period ends or how the outcomes achieved will be sustained if you do not plan to continue the activity?

After you have applied

Once you have submitted your application, we will check that it is complete and that you’ve sent all the supporting documents. If anything is missing we will contact you to request it.

Once we receive everything we will assess your application. We do this in 2 stages. Firstly we check if you are eligible for funding. If you are not, unfortunately, we will not consider your project further.

For all eligible projects, we aim to provide a funding decision as quickly as possible. Usually, this takes no more than 21 days from the date you submit your application.

Please be aware that our grants programme has limited funds and we sometimes have to turn down eligible and potentially fundable projects simply because we don’t have enough money to support everything we would like to.

If you are successful

If you are awarded a grant, you will receive confirmation of your award along with a grant acceptance form which you have to submit to receive your grant, paid directly to your organisation’s bank account. Your grant is intended specifically for the project you have applied for, and any proposed changes should be discussed with us in advance.

We request that you keep records of all receipts and evidence of expenditure. Payments for goods and services should be made, wherever possible, from the organisation’s bank account as we may request bank statements to verify claims for payments.

As part of your grant acceptance, you agree to promote Manchester Pride as a funding body/supporter of the project/event/initiative you successfully received grant funding for. This includes recognition in any press releases, social media posts and logo accreditation on all promotional materials and websites.

Measuring success

We would like to see how our grant has helped make your project a success in terms of desired outcomes. To do this, we request that you evaluate your aims, objectives and outcomes throughout the planning and delivery stages of your project. It’s important for us to see the positive impact the project has on people, based on enjoyment, health and wellbeing, informal learning, participation and engagement.

As part of your grant acceptance, you agree to carry out an evaluation of your project and submit evidence to support your findings.

+ Terms & Conditions

By accepting the following Terms & Conditions you are also confirming that you are authorised to apply for such grants by the governing body of your organisation.


The grant must be used for the items specified in this grant application. If these items change, permission must be sought from the Manchester Pride office prior to the reallocating of funding. If permission is not sought, Manchester Pride reserves the right to reclaim the grant from you.

In the case of successful Tier 2 applications, 25% of your grant will be withheld until evidence of expenditure of the grant for the approved purposes is provided.

You must accept our grant offer within four weeks of receiving the grant acceptance form. You can do this by email or by post.

You must acknowledge the grant award publicly, following the guidelines provided by Manchester Pride.

If your application is successful, Manchester Pride reserves the right to fund your full grant request or partially fund your grant request.

Manchester Pride may take action to recover the grant if any of the following events occur:

  • You cease to operate your group, organisation, project or initiative.
  • You use the grant for any purpose other than that outlined in your application, without prior approval from Manchester Pride.
  • You have supplied us with any information that is incorrect or misleading.
  • You are declared bankrupt, become insolvent or if any order is passed for you to go into administration.
  • You act in a manner which may be deemed damaging to your reputation or the reputation of Manchester Pride.


You must notify us as soon as possible of any investigation concerning your organisation, trustee, directors, employees or volunteers carried out by the police, Charity Commission, HM Revenue & Customs or other regulatory bodies.


If successful in receiving a Grant, you will be required to carry out an evaluation of the event and how to funding supported your outcomes, either through an online form or in person.

Please check the top of the Terms and Conditions to confirm you have read and understood the grant selection criteria. By accepting you are confirming that you agree to abide by these terms and conditions.

By submitting your application, you agree to acknowledge the contribution Manchester Pride has made to the organisation/group as a result of receiving this grant.


The decision to accept or decline a grant application is at the discretion of the board of trustees at Manchester Pride.

All decisions are final.

Manchester Pride cannot guarantee to provide feedback for unsuccessful grant applications.
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