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Community Grants and Support

Our Support

Our communities team provide support to the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector organisations in two ways: Community Capacity Building and Grant Funding.

Your organisation can access both types of support if your work benefits people in our communities and meets at least one of our priorities:

    • Children and young people: Children and young people living in our communities are better equipped with skills, knowledge and attitude to thrive in life.
    • Maximising income/reducing costs: Residents' incomes are increased and maximised, supporting them to live independently.
    • Wellbeing, both mental and physical:Residents are more resilient to changes in personal circumstances through increased levels of wellbeing.
    • Community: Residents feel more connected with their local community, with local amenities and cultural and social opportunities to meet their needs.

 

How Community Grants and Support work 

  • You can have two funding applications approved per year, with a project schedule of up to two years.
  • Your funded work needs to respond to an identified need for people in Trafford and make a positive difference for people relevant to those needs.
  • We are keen to maintain long term relationships with organisations.
  • We are flexible funders – if your funded project faces changes or barriers, we will support you in adapting your work to achieve maximum impact.
  • We are interested in how your work can reach THT residents. We are not expecting all of your customers or service users to be THT residents, but we would like to support you in making sure your project is promoted in the areas where we have THT properties.
  • Resilience is essential for organisations to thrive. Our capacity builders can support you by encouraging you to build mixed-income streams, maximise resources, strengthen core services, develop new projects and evidence impact.
  • We are keen to avoid organisations solely dependent on us as funders. For this reason, we would not usually award a large grant application exceeding 40% of your organisation's annual turnover.
  • If applications request funding over 40% of annual turnover, we will explore this with you on a case-by-case basis.

 

Community Capacity Building 

Our Team of Community Capacity Builders can support you and your organisation with the following:

Coaching for success

We will engage with you to have focused conversations on goal setting and how to reach them for short- and long-term plans.

Connecting

We will introduce you to partners who can help your organisation increase its impact. Our networks expand across public, private, and voluntary sectors locally and nationally.

Income generation

We find the right sources of income for you through grant funding from THT or other funders, finding paying customers or accessing public sector commissioning.

Business support

We will work with you to strengthen your business structure from exploring which organisational structure works for you to guidance on marketing, HR or governance.

You can contact our Community Capacity Builders:

communities@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk

Jonathan Baker (Old Trafford) - jonathan.baker@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk 

Bethan Parker (Stretford, Urmston and Flixton) bethan.parker@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk 

Praveen Bance (Sale, Altrincham and Partington) – praveen.bance@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk

Kate Ringrow (North West) kate.ringrow@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk 

 

THT Community Grants

We advise you to speak to one of our Community Capacity Builders before applying for funding, as they can support you throughout the application process.

You can contact a Community Capacity Builder to discuss your grant application by emailing us or calling 0161 968 0151.

Depending on the type of organisation you are, you may be eligible for the following:

Micro grant: £0 - £500

Small grant: £500 - £5,000

Medium grant: £5,000 - £25,000

Large grant: £25,000 - £100,000

If you have read and understood the application process, you can apply for funding online.

 

Eligibility

You can check how much your organisation is eligible for through our application portal. If you find you do not qualify for the amount you require, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will explain what you need to do to access a higher level of grant and support you in this.

 

Funding

Do you need any guidance on funding? Our funding guidance section will tell you all you need to know about applications and funding. Please get in touch if you have any questions that you can't find the answer to or if you need any more information.  

 

Application

We ask all our applicants to apply online via our application portal. If you cannot access this for any reason, please contact us 

 

Timescales

We accept applications all year round. If you have applied for a micro or small grant, you will hear back from us within four weeks. If you have applied for a medium or large grant at either stage, you will hear back from us within eight weeks.

 

Grant Agreement

If successful, we will invite you to complete a grant agreement online. We will also ask you for supporting documents which may include: your constitution, a risk assessment, liability insurance, safeguarding policy, annual accounts and a bank statement.

Once you have submitted your grant agreement online, we aim to send your payment within three weeks of this date. This allows us time to check your supporting documents and verify your bank details.

Should we need to clarify anything you have sent us, we will get in touch, which may delay your payment.

 

Monitoring and evaluation

If you have been awarded a large grant, you will complete a monitoring form every six months for us to release your next payment.

When your project is due to end, we will ask you to complete an evaluation form showing what you have achieved. We will write to you during the month your project is due to end to remind you to complete this. You can look at the evaluation form on the portal, so you know what to expect.

 

We are a Living Wage Funder

Being an accredited real Living Wage Funder means we will fund grant-funded job posts at the real Living Wage rate. Real Living Wage Funders seek to ensure that all posts wholly or partially funded by the funder pay the real Living Wage unless there are particular reasons for this not to happen. These might include difficulties in maintaining differentials and the impact on other posts within the grantee's workforce.

The minimum wage in the UK is currently £8.36 an hour, but the UK real Living Wage, which is set independently and calculated following the basic cost of living in the UK, is £9.50.

Find out more about Living Wage Funders