Made By Sport Fund

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We are delighted to announce that the Made by Sport Fund in partnership with Forever Manchester is now open for applications from Community Groups in Greater Manchester. The Made by Sport Fund is offering awards of £2,021.

Fund criteria

The Made by Sport Fund welcomes applications from grassroots community sports groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester who are working with children and young people. The Fund aims to support organisations which are able to demonstrate that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their ability to deliver their usual activities.

Who can apply? 

Clubs or organisations which intentionally use sport to deliver wider social outcomes (sport for development) and who primarily work with children and young people aged 5 -25. The organisations we are looking for operate mostly in disadvantaged communities, often working collaboratively with other partners to meet local need and may offer cross-sector activities. 

Specifically, we will fund clubs and organisations which can demonstrate that they are using sport to work towards one or more of the following outcomes:

  •  Developing Life Skills
  •  Improving Mental Health
  •  Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
  •  Developing Employability Skills
  •  Building Stronger Communities 

For further information on what we mean by sport for development please click here.

Applicant organisations must be a charity, CIO, constituted community group or other recognised not-for-profit organisation, be based in one of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester and have an annual income of less than £75,000. Applicants will be prioritised by income as follows:

Priority 1: Income up to £25,000

Priority 2: Income up to £50,000

Priority 3: Income up to £75,000

How much can you apply for?

The maximum award request that will be considered is £2,021. If you don't need as much as that but would like to apply anyway, please do. 

What can you apply for?

The funding is unrestricted so can be spent on core costs as well as on programme or capital costs. Funds can also be used towards match funding or for leverage for a larger programme. Examples of what could be funded include: Direct project costs including equipment and kit; Staff costs related to the project including appropriately apportioned management time; Appropriately apportioned core costs ; External monitoring and evaluation of projects; Transport; Volunteer expenses; Small capital expenditure items (such as changing facilities, resurfacing a play area or IT equipment), where a sustainable plan is in place for ongoing upkeep and maintenance.

Are there any other conditions of the grant?

No, but we are interested in the funding being used for two things and will ask you about this in the end of project reporting:

  • As the funding is unrestricted, we'd love to see it used as match funding to leverage other funds for your club or organisation.
  • We'd also like to see how it can be used to ensure the sustainability of your club, e.g. has it helped you attract more volunteers or have you been able to train more coaches? Have you increased the number of regular participants and donations?

All activity must be covid-19 safe and undertaken in line with current government guidance at the time it takes place.

Is there anything you 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 your application for funding, please contact a member of the Forever Manchester Communities Team, email and we’ll be happy to help.

Supporting Documents

For help and guidance on your groups supporting documents and to see what we require to be submitted alongside your application, please refer to our guidance which you can find here: For Supporting Information.

Deadline for Applications

The final deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 12th November, however please note that applications will be processed as they are received and the fund may close at short notice if all funds are distributed before this date. Please note we expect there to be high demand for funding and we only have a certain amount of funding to award.

How long will a decision take?

We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within a maximum of 8 weeks from receipt of your application. If we need any further information or the required supporting documentation is not submitted alongside your application, this may take longer. Please do not plan to start any activity until after you hear if your application has been successful.

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


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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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Organisation/Club Information

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, Volunteers and Beneficiaries
How many of each of the following are involved in your group? Please use numbers only.

We realise that you cannot give exact figures but please estimate as accurately as possible. Please use numbers only.

We realise that you cannot give exact figures but please estimate as accurately as possible. Please use numbers only.

Organisational aims
This is your opportunity to show how your organisation uses sport for development to intentionally deliver wider social outcomes. Pease refer to the fund criteria for full information.

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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. Please use numbers only.
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?

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)
  • Recent bank statement with the group name and address visible
  • Management Committee Details
  • Safeguarding Policies (if applicable)
For help and guidance on your groups supporting documents, please refer to our For Supporting Information.

Documents sent by post should be addressed to: 

Forever Manchester

1st Floor, Phoenix House

45 Cross Street, Manchester, M2 4JF

Later in the year we will ask you to compete a short survey about what you spent the funding on and how it has benefitted your club or organisation. We may also be in touch to ask whether we can work with you on providing testimonials and video content to show the impact of the fund.

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.

This information will be shared with UK Community Foundations and Made By Sport who we are partnering with on the fund.


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 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.

I confirm that the information given on the application form is true and my group has formally agreed that I can act on their behalf.

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.