The NOMA Fund

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About the Fund

NOMA is creating a neighbourhood of new homes, offices, hotels, retail and leisure space in Manchester’s city centre. The 20 acre neighbourhood is being developed around vibrant urban spaces and high quality public realm. We’re committed to creating an innovative, commercially driven and responsibly designed mixed use neighbourhood, well connected and rich in heritage with people and community firmly at its heart.


With this commitment to people and community, NOMA has pledged to develop in a way that is responsible, sustainable and respectful to the world around us. Working with the community both in and around NOMA and Manchester to create a better place for all is one of our fundamental motivations.


We are proud to be part of The NOMA Fund and delighted to be able to support community groups with their work with local people and in the local area.


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

Fund criteria

The NOMA Fund welcomes applications from grassroots community groups working with children and young people within a five mile radius of the NOMA headquarters (to see the map please click here).

Who can apply?

The NOMA Fund aims to encourage and support grassroot community activity. This means small, community-based and locally controlled groups that manage themselves, encourage people to get involved as volunteers and who just need a bit of financial help to be able to work with their community in the way they’d like.


Applicants should be working with young people between 11 and 25 years old. Activity needs to be taking place and supporting those who live within the boundary of the M60. Please click here for the map of the qualifying area.


Annual income of groups applying to the Fund should be less than £100,000.

How much can you apply for?

The maximum award request that will be considered is £1,000.

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.

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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. 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.
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 are 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. 

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