Fourteen FM Awards

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About the Fund

What is Fourteen?

Fourteen is a programme funded by Spirit of 2012, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to connect events to communities across the country; tackling disadvantage by supporting opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action. Forever Manchester is managing the Fourteen programme in Manchester, where it will support the community of Harpurhey and Moston. As part of this work we are delivering a range of activity, which includes FM Awards.

The Aims of Fourteen in Harpurhey and Moston

The programme will seek to increase participation in the community through social action and volunteering. Fourteen also seeks to increase inclusion, particularly for young people and people with disabilties.


All funded activity should seek to contribute to at least one of the following Fourteen outcomes:

  • Improve perceptions towards disability and impairment; understanding 'disability' as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that impacts on their ability to carry out daily activities.
  • Improve individual wellbeing, understanding wellbeing as "feeling good and functioning well".
  • Overcoming isolation through providing opportunities for individuals to participate and volunteer; to feel valued in their community; and, to ensure all role models are celebrated.
  • Connecting Communities through providing opportunities for individuals to engage and actively contribute in their community, ensuring people are proud of the place they live and are confident in making friends.
How much can you apply for?

FM Awards are for applications of up to £1,000.

Here at Forever Manchester, we recognise that great things happen in and around Greater Manchester on a daily basis and we want to shout about it! The idea behind this application is to provide a positive, friendly and accessible approach to gaining much needed financial support for your group.

Applicant organisations should have an annual income of under £150,000.


Is there anything we can’t apply for?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that can’t be funded, such as activities that have already taken place or been paid for, contributions to major appeals, activities promoting political or religious beliefs and activity which should be provided by statutory services. 

If you’re not sure if we could consider you application for funding, please contact a member of the Forever Manchester Communities Team and we’ll be happy to help, 0161 214 0940 or email

Please note that due to administrative processes that we must undertake, once submitted it may take up to three months to hear an outcome for your application. As such, please make sure the project is due to start no earlier than three months at the time of applying.

Start Your Application Below
Organisation Name and Address Details

Provide the name of your organisation as it appears on any governing documents.

This should be the address of the organisation, for example where you meet. If the organisation doesn't have a independent location you can use the contact details of the primary contact.

The telephone number and email address should be one at which the organisation is easily contacted, especially during office hours. If the organisation doesn't have a independent location you can use the contact details of the primary contact.

Main Contact Person
These are the details that will be used for correspondence purposes.

The contact person should be someone who has a good knowledge of the application as this is the person we will contact if we have any queries.

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About Your Organisation

Approach answering this question as though you were talking to a friend about what you do.

What type of organisation are you?  (Please select as many as appropriate).

You do not need to be a registered charity or company limited by guarantee to apply, but we do need to know more about the “status” of your organisation. If you are a sub-group, committee of a larger group or a local branch of a national charity, we can only fund you if you can demonstrate that you operate independently. This usually means you have separate rules & regulations, an independent committee, a separate bank account and are responsible for generating your own income.

Staffing and Volunteers
How many of each of the following are involved in your group?

Volunteer Hours

About Your Project

Does your project have an overall project name, if so please enter it here.

Please provide the postcode where most of your beneficiaries reside, if there are multiple places please just pick one. If it is too difficult to distinguish please provide the postcode of your organisation.

We realise that you cannot give exact figures but please estimate as accurately as possible. This information is important and will be used to evaluate the project at the end of the grant period.

E.g. who has got involved and which other groups and services have you connected with?

Please explain what will change for whom? This is your opportunity to explain your expected outcomes. An outcome describes the benefits or changes that will happen as a result of your work i.e. the impact your work is having.

Why did they get involved and what do they get from coming to your group? Please provide us with a personal quote from the person you have chosen to write about (this can be anonymous).

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Project Budget

If you are asking us to fund some of your running costs, for instance, what is the total you need for running costs each year? If you are asking us to contribute towards an event, project or activity, what are the total costs?

The maximum amount you can apply for is £1,000.

Please enter a breakdown of costs. If not applicable please enter N/A.

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Banking Details
Grants awarded are paid via BACS. Please enter your full bank details below.  If you do not have a bank account of your own, you will need to find an organisation to accept a BACS payment on your behalf.

Supporting Documents
Please click on the attachments link below to upload required documents to support this application. Whilst you can post documentation to us, it will speed up the processing of your application if you can attach them now.

Documents required:
  • Governing Document
  • Annual Accounts (if the organisation less than 12 months old, please send 3 consecutive bank statements)
  • Safeguarding Policies (if applicable)
  • Management Committee Details

Documents sent by post should be addressed to: 
Forever Manchester, 2nd Floor, 8 Hewitt Street, Manchester, M15 4GB

If successful we agree to spend any award as outlined in our application form or specified within the award letter. Should we be unable to continue with the awarded project or there are any changes to the way in which we wish to spend the award, we will contact Forever Manchester first. 

We often use stories from applications in our publicity, if you don’t want us to do this, please let us know.

The following terms apply to all applications through the Fourteen Programme:

  • We agree to participate in the national evaluation of Fourteen which is being carried out by Wavehill Ltd on behalf of UK Community Foundations (UKCF)
  • We acknowledge our details will be held on an electronic database to assist Forever Manchester with record keeping, client follow-up, statistical and research purposes
  • As an organisation, we are committed to collecting basic information on those individuals participating in Fourteen, including name, sex, age and contact details as a minimum
  • We understand that Wavehill Ltd may contact us directly for information collected on beneficiaries that is deemed relevant, including names and contact details, to enable an effective evaluation of Fourteen
  • We agree to participate in evaluation surveys conducted by Wavehill Ltd and acknowledge that our beneficiaries may also be asked to participate in the completion of such surveys
  • We understand Forever Manchester, UKCF and Wavehill Ltd adhere to the Data Protection Principles embodied in the Data Protection Act 1998 and that no identifiable information will be shared with any third party