Applying for funds for your group

A new online application form for devolved budgets and Standing Together community grants is being developed. To request an application form, please email

Any grant application that delivers improved wellbeing and health outcomes for the local population will be considered. However, all applicants will be expected to demonstrate and provide evidence of a minimum of 25% match funding or match funding in kind in relation to the service/activity/project that they are applying for funding for. Exceptional circumstances may be considered if an appropriate business case is presented.

There are many ways in which organisations can raise funds, for example:

  • public collections, or street fundraising 
  • gaming, such as lotteries and raffles 
  • events, for example street fairs 
  • online

Further details can be found on the Salford Community and Voluntary Service website.

Crowd funding is another way organisations can generate additional income (match funding). It works by providing a platform for community groups, start-up businesses, charities, social enterprises and individuals to raise the funds they need themselves in return for 'rewards'. The public can back an idea with pledges of money and project owners can 'thank' their backers with rewards that reflect the money contributed (this can be product, service or experience produced by the project).

Organisations requiring advice and support regarding match funding or match funding in kind and or support to develop a crowd funding platform, should contact:

Sandra Derbyshire

As part of the assessment process it is also expected that all applicants will provide the following documentation:

  • Charities and or Companies House number (where applicable) 
  • A copy of a recent bank statement (balance must be less than the application amount or details of commitments are required) 
  • A copy of most recent accounts 
  • A copy of a signed constitution (if applying for over £500) 
  • Copies of safeguarding policies (children and or adults) 
  • Evidence that organisations comply with the Equalities Act 2010 
  • Evidence that appropriate Public Liability insurance is in place 
  • Evidence that DBS checks are undertaken where appropriate 
  • Copies of Ofsted registration where appropriate 
  • Appropriate quotes for purchases

In particular, we want to encourage activity which achieves at least one of the following three objectives, however in the main financial support for room hire or food will not be supported, although exceptional circumstances may be considered if an appropriate business case is presented.

Objective one

Builds community resilience, where this means 'one which is able to develop and engage community resources to respond to, endure and recover from adverse situations and long term challenges. Community resilience includes activities such as:

  • Increased community led and managed activities 
  • Helping people to help themselves and support each other 
  • Communities taking responsibility for what happens in their area 
  • Reduced reliance on mainstream services and outside help 
  • Engaging local people through the existing interests of community groups and their social networks 
  • Building trust amongst residents 
  • Helping people to forge new social links as well as reinforcing existing connections

Objective two

Meets local wellbeing and health needs. 

This includes:

  • Need for the project shown in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 
  • Need for the project shown in the local Neighbourhood profiles 
  • Need for the project shown in local community priorities 
  • Needs for the project identified in the Neighbourhood Asset priorities
  • Neighbourhood Assets Profiles

The Neighbourhood assets profiles provide an overview of the needs and priorities within each of the city's eight neighbourhood areas, together with an assessment of the availability of community assets that residents and service providers could potentially use to help address those priorities. The profiles are intended for use by members of the public, community groups, organisations and anyone who wants to know about resources that exist within their community.

Objective three

Supports the priority objectives and outcomes of Salford City Council's Locality Plan - A Vision For A Healthier Salford. The Locality Plan develops from and replaces The Joint Health and Wellbeing strategy 2013 to 2016.

The vision for The Locality Plan is as below:

  • Start Well - Children will have the best start in life and continue to develop well during their early years. 
  • Age Well - Older people will maintain well being and can access high quality health and care using it appropriately. 
  • Living Well - Citizens will achieve and maintain a sense of well being by leading a healthy lifestyle supported by resilient communities.

Priority outcomes of the Locality Plan include:

  • Increased proportion of young people who achieve their potential in learning and employment 
  • Improved physical and emotional health in young people 
  • Improved support provided for young people by families and carers 
  • Healthier lifestyles and situation for Salford people 
  • Improved lifestyle, which leads to longer, more contented lives for those with long term conditions 
  • Increased happiness and life satisfaction, with improved personal resilience 
  • Improved health and situation for older people 
  • Increased quality and personalisation of care for older people 
  • Improved end of life care

Examples of grant applications which may be considered include those where the proposed activity has a beneficial effect on:

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles such as stopping smoking, reducing harmful alcohol intake, increasing physical activity, reducing obesity etc 
  • Improving the local environment 
  • Reducing crime and fear of crime 
  • Encouraging learning, leisure and creativity 
  • Investing in children and young people 
  • Promoting inclusion and culture 
  • Creating prosperity for local people, community groups and businesses 
  • Increasing local participation in community activity and democracy 
  • Supporting carers 
  • Reducing violence 
  • Helping people to manage a long term condition such as diabetes, kidney disease or high blood pressure

Macros must be enabled in Microsoft Word to use the community committee grant application form.

Who to contact

Grants Team
0161 607 1664 and 0161 607 1686

This page was last updated on 20 March 2023

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