Manchester Wellbeing Fund

Welcome to your Manchester Wellbeing Fund.

Provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, this is an exciting opportunity for investment in Manchester communities.

This is a three year programme to work with communities and its main objectives are: MWF logo

  • To develop community support around people’s mental health needs
  • To promote mental health and wellbeing
  • To challenge the stigma around mental illness

Whatever your project is, we need you to make this happen.

What is the Manchester Wellbeing Fund?

As part of a vision for Manchester services, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust wants to build community support to promote wellbeing (feeling good and functioning well), and support people living with mental health conditions in the community, so we can help people to manage their own conditions.

A budget of £1.5m will be available over the next three years and delivered through three groups (North, Central, and South) which will meet monthly to review and develop proposals.

To help support this process, service users, carers, community representatives and staff from the Trust will sit on these groups. We hope to draw on the extensive knowledge of these different representatives, from the lived experience of service users and carers, the local knowledge of community residents, to the working knowledge of staff, to help develop exciting and innovative projects.

We need you to make this happen

We can help new groups to become established, or support existing ones, and we encourage proposals that might involve a particular community of interest not only those confined to just one neighbourhood. Whether you are an established organisation or a group of residents with a project you would like to develop, please get in touch with us.

Let us know more about your project ideas

Please fill in the form, below, with you details and we will get in contact with you and if you have supplied an email address we will send you more information about the fund.

We will endeavour to get back to you within two working days, but we anticipate a lot of enquiries in the first weeks of the programme, so apologies if this is any longer. We will get back to you as soon as possible and look forward to knowing more about your proposal.

In Salford? You can apply for NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford CVS Third Sector Fund. All details here:

In Trafford? Contact either NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, Trafford Council or Thrive Trafford.


If you wish to apply for Manchester Wellbeing Fund, you must first fill in an expression of interest (EoI) form below, with your details and we will get in contact with you.

EoIs are reviewed by three groups (North, Central, and South) which meet at the end of each month (typically the last Wednesday or Thursday in the month). The expression of interest is a practical format that allows these groups to look at an ‘overview’ of what is being proposed for each project, within a limited time in these meetings (two hours). Based on the expressions of interest groups might be asked to develop a full proposal or further information might be requested. Alternatively the expression of interest might not progress any further because it does not fit within the scope of the programme..

Accepted EoIs and those requiring refinement will be assigned a locality representative at the meeting. Accepted applications will be invited to submit a full proposal to continue to the next stage. Those requiring further clarification will be contacted and they might be invited to submit a full proposal form.

An EoI  is an accessible method of communicating project ideas for those that are not familiar with the process of applying for funding, and allows us to assign representatives for support. Expressions of interest that are out-of-area, are those that do not occur within Manchester Local Authority boundaries(this is not currently a Greater Manchester fund). Those that are not suitable are projects that do not meet the current priorities of the fund.

Members of the locality groups will support applicants, and once a proposal is accepted, financial information will be requested, this will be referred to our finance department to administer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there an upper or lower limit to the amount of funding requested?
The usual amount requested is between £250 and £5,000. Anything above and below these figures will require special consideration

Q. What can and what can’t the MWF be used for?
This is really answered in what it can’t be used for:

  • Any project or activity as part of the project that is illegal (against the law).
  • Any project or activity as part of a project that poses a health and safety risk ( )
  • Anything that does not support wellbeing
  • Employing staff. The fund can however be used for hiring of a sessional worker. A sessional worker in this case would be someone who works for a limited but specified number of hours and is self-employed.
  • The MWF is designed to support individual projects. This can be new projects or existing projects that do not have significant funding. The fund is not designed to support ‘core’ funding for organisations. This is due to the limited funding available per neighbourhood. We want to maximise the potential of the fund to increase social capital and promote innovation.

Q. What should I put in the expression of interest?
This is really up to you. It could be helpful to include (very briefly) a background to the project or how you thought about it, how you think it could be delivered, what outcomes you are hoping the project will achieve and a rough idea of what you think it might cost.

Q. Is the fund for new or existing projects?
Either of these

Q. Can the MWF be used for projects working with under 18 year olds?
We will not be funding projects that specifically support under 18 year olds, but we do encourage proposals for projects that support families, and therefore under 18 year olds will be beneficiaries of the fund. Our primary focus is the adult population in line with our contractual responsibilities.

Q. What monitoring information and evaluation do GMMH require from projects funded by the Manchester Wellbeing Fund?
As part of the Trust KPIs we would like to know the number of volunteer hours completed by the project.

Aside from this we do not wish to be overly prescriptive around monitoring and evaluation, as we would like projects to use the best methods available for communicating the outcomes of the projects and the impact of the communities targeted by the project. Case studies are recommended. ‘How much did the project do?’ (Activity, Quantitative), ‘How well did you do it?’ (Quality), and ‘What difference did it make’? (Outcome) are all relevant monitoring, with ‘What difference did it make?’ as the most important and ‘How much did the project do?’ as the least important of the 3.

Q. If our group is successful do we have to spend all the money before March of the following year (end of the financial year that funding is awarded)? Do we need to specify a timeframe?
We don’t want to constrict projects with issues around the financial year and will fund proposals based on an agreed delivery date. We would expect a timeframe for delivery.

Q. Can MWF fund existing activities e.g. where rent needs to be paid to allow the project to continue?

Q. What is the submission date?
The fund is a rolling programme. Locality groups meet at the end of each month (typically the last Wednesday and Thursday of each month) to review that month’s expressions of interest. Expressions of interest must be received 7 working days prior to these meetings, otherwise they will roll over to the next month.

Q. What happens if our group does not have a bank account?
We would encourage your group to get a bank account, or find another group that would do the banking for you.

Q. Do we need to add VAT?
VAT is not normally an issue because health services are exempt from VAT

Q. Are there any restrictions on the number of proposals that can be made from a group / organisation?
We have not set an upper limit, but realistically we would not want more than a couple each year from a particular group

Q. Can groups apply for trips, outings, and holidays for example respite activities for carers or cared, or activities to build skills and confidence, independence, for disadvantaged or vulnerable groups?
We wouldn’t discount this, but groups would have to decide what is affordable. We wouldn’t rule this out

Q. If a group requests a large amount of money and the decision making panel agree in principle to the proposal but consider the amount of funding requested to be too high, will the proposal be rejected?
No, we would ask the group to revise the costing

Can the funding be used to pay bills e.g. Gas, Electricity, Water?

Can any capital (building work) projects be funded?

Manchester Wellbeing Fund form

Please make sure you save a copy of your text for the Expression of Interest form, before you submit, so you can refer to this later. MWF cannot resend this to you and you will not receive the text in a confirmation email.


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