Social Responsibility


University Construction Community Fund

The University of Manchester and its main construction partners – Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine - have established a £20,000 fund to support neighbourhood initiatives in areas closest to the University’s construction sites around Oxford Road and near Owens Park, Wilmslow Road.

The fund is open to established non-profit groups, voluntary groups and other community groups, as well as groups of residents and community members working together for the first time.

There are two categories of funding:

  • awards for amounts up to £500 and
  • awards for amounts between £500-£2,000

Projects or initiatives must show clear evidence of potential community benefits and begin before 31 July 2019.

The deadlines for awards up to £500 are: 1 November 2018; 3 December 2018; 1 February 2019; 1 March 2019; and 2 April 2019.

The deadlines for awards between £500-£2,000 are 1 November 2018 and 1 March 2019.

To apply please download an application form and the guidance notes.

Applications should be sent to socialresponsibility@manchester.ac.ukor posted to Office for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester, 186 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

The following groups received funding from the University Construction Community Fund in 2017-18

Brunswick Parish Church

Women’s Footprints

To build on the work of a small pilot group to provide a safe space for local women of all ages, ethnicities and faiths to meet, share experiences, make friends, learn new skills, build confidence and become empowered to make a difference in their community.

Depaul UK, St Peters House, Oxford Road

DePaul Hub

To create an appropriate space for a DePaul Hub that brings together the Get Up and Go programme and Nightstop Greater Manchester to address the well-being of local young people affected by homelessness.

Elizabeth Yarwood Court, Kincardine Road

Best Years Club

To promote, develop and deliver a programme of activities for older people that will tackle social isolation and loneliness which are common factors for the elderly which strongly contributes to dementia.

Fallowfield Campus

Woolton Hall

To run an afternoon tea party at Woolton Hall for local residents from care homes and community groups in the Fallowfield and Withington area.

Friends of Ladybarn Park Group

Creating Habitats

To provide an activity for children and their parents and carers on how to build bird boxes and bug hotels using recycled materials and carpentry tools.

Hulme Community Garden Centre

Warmth at Last!

To contribute to making a warm and cosy indoor area for their volunteers and service users who brave the cold year round to come to the centre to socialise, learn new skills and be part of the team.

Kath Locke Centre, Moss Side

Together in Song Gospel Choir

To produce a CD of the work of the choir.

Ladybarn Community Hub

Ladybarn Older People’s Project

To develop a programme of activities for older people and to begin to re-establish intergenerational work including an international cooking project and arts and crafts workshops.

LINK Good Neighbours, Trinity House

Art & Activities Project

To fund 6 socially interactive art activities lead by a professional artist plus room hire for 12 luncheon clubs for local socially isolated older people and adults with health problems or disabilities.

M13 Groves Residents

To build on their work of cleaning up the Groves by engaging a community artist to work with adults and children to explore the need for and importance of re-cycling in fun and engaging ways.

M13 Youth Project, Ardwick

Young Men’s EET & Well-being Project

To support young men aged 15-21yrs with their mental health and well-being as well as education, employment and training through weekly drop-in, workshops, informal conversations and well-being trips.

Martenscroft Nursery School and Sure Start Children's Centre, Hulme

Martenscroft: Growing Together

To develop an attractive social area for members of the local community to come together, sit and socialise. And to grow food used in meals within the Centre to support the children in learning about food production and healthy eating.

Mersey Valley Campus, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Manchester Secondary Pupil Referral Unit

To encourage communities to grow vegetables fruit and salad by starting with pupils gardening on the school grounds before school starts.

Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield

Platt Fields Market Garden

To build raised accessible beds with path ways connecting the entire garden together and allowing easy access for wheelchair users and people who maybe struggle to walk on uneven ground.

St Chad’s Road, Ladybarn

The Green Group at St Chads Ladybarn

To purchase a selection of gardening tools and equipment.

St Chrysostoms Church, Victoria Park

To promote a newly established community singing group open to all and to purchase music and T-shirts.

University Ardwick Partnership

World Food Day Summer Celebration

To run a ‘summer’ celebration focused on diversity and delivered through a World Food Day where residents cook and share dishes that represent their cultural roots.

University of Manchester Catholic Chaplaincy, Oxford Road

Manchester Central Foodbank

To support their ‘Engage, Empower, Equip’ project.

Women’s Direct Access Centre, Longsight

Gardening Project

To purchase a selection of gardening tools to transform the garden into an area that is both functional and pleasant so allowing the women to feel more comfortable.

Z-Arts, Hulme

Let’s Yoga

To offer a 10 week after-school yoga project for local children aged between 6 and 10 years.

Funding applications for 2018/19 will be opened for applications in mid-September.

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