Connecting Communities at Christmas

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Forever Manchester has always believed that connected communities make stronger, happier communities and love any activity that brings people together. That’s why, every summer and Christmas for the last few years, we’ve awarded funds so that people can host events in their communities.

Last Christmas we saw an array of incredibly inventive ideas which enabled people to celebrate together even when apart. This year, we know some of you may be able to come together in person again whilst others will enjoy putting on Christmas trails, walks and digital events that brought the Christmas spirit to your community last year. However you want to connect and celebrate, Forever Manchester are offering 100 awards of £100 to help.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be from a community organisation with their own bank account, or know a community organisation willing to accept an award on your behalf. Funds cannot be paid into personal bank accounts.

How much can you apply for?

Forever Manchester is offering 100 awards of £100.

What can you apply for?

That is up to you! We’re just here to provide that bit extra of help you might need to make it happen, but here’s a few ideas that we know communities have enjoyed in the past:

  • Community Christmas trails for people to follow, e.g. houses could dress windows for each day of advent or people could make snowmen to put in their windows for people to find – you could create a map and post it through everyone’s doors!
  • Traditional Christmas parties with Santa and a festive lunch.
  • Online bingo or quizzes with themed questions and prizes.
  • Virtual Christmas Afternoon Tea – create packages of tea bags/cakes/snacks to leave on doorsteps and enjoy together online.

Deadline for Applications

We will close for applications at midday on Friday 19th November 2021. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

If we receive more eligible applications than there are awards available, decisions will be made via a draw.

How long will the decision take?

Successful applicants will be informed by email by Friday 26th November and payments released the same day (please note they may take several days to reach bank accounts).


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If you have any questions or have trouble filling this in, please contact us at or phone 0161 214 0940.

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Main Contact Person
Contact details of the person filling this in, please note all correspondence will be sent to this address

Note: Please provide a recognised address and check it is written correctly.

If you are part of a community group, please enter the name of the group. If you are not, please state the name of your event.

If the event will be publicised on social media, please provide details.

Add the social media account name of the community group or venue who will be hosting the event.

Connecting Communities at Christmas
Please tell us about your event

Date must be in December

Numbers only
Banking Details
 Please note, awards can only be paid into the bank account of a community organisation, not to an individual. If you are applying but are not a community group with a bank account, see if you can find a local group to accept the funds on your behalf. Money cannot be paid into a personal account.

Using your personal information
By completing this application form, you accept that Forever Manchester will have access to the personal data about you and other individuals named.


As a necessary part of the application process, Forever Manchester will collect personal data about you and other people connected with your organisation. The personal data we collect includes name, address, telephone number, email address and could also include date of birth and photographs.


We will use the information you give us during assessment and during the life of your award (if successful) to manage and monitor the award and check the money is being used appropriately. 


If you do not give us consent to use this data, we will not be able to process your application.


We hold and store your information in line with the Data Protection legislation currently in force. For more information explaining how we use your information, please see our privacy policy which can be found on our website by clicking here.

Forever Manchester would like to follow up with successful applicants and potentially feature them in publicity activities.  This could include featuring the work of your organisation on our website or social media channels. 


Please tick the box to confirm that if your application is successful, you are happy for Forever Manchester to use information about your group or project for publicity purposes. If you would prefer not to feature in any publicity, don’t worry, not ticking this will not affect the outcome of your award application.

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.