Small Grants Scheme

The Council for Social Aid has made funding available for a range of poverty focused projects that are perfect for churches to get involved with.


Successful applicants will not only get a grant from CSA but will also be eligible for help, support and advice from Greater Together Manchester and from members of the Anti-Poverty Task Group at Manchester Diocese.


Below are just some of the sorts of projects that CSA will look to fund.

Places of Welcome

Places of Welcome is a network of small community organisations, including faith communities, who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours a week.

The network is based on trust, respect and generosity. They have developed a set of guiding principles, the 5P’s – Place, People, Presence, Provision and Participation.

Tackle Digital Exclusion

Digital Exclusion is a growing problem, with more services turning to online forms and communication becoming increasingly “digitised”. Without basic digital skills vulnerable people are at risk of being socially isolated, unable to manage their health or finances and potentially trapped in a cycle of long-term unemployment.

Welcome Boxes

A Welcome Box helps newly arrived families and individuals feel valued and accepted and extends a hand of welcome and friendship in the neighbourhood. They provide information about local groups and services and can help for example, with finding an English class or a local doctor.

Make Lunch: Filling the Holiday Hunger Gap

For many children the school holidays are not just a break from the classroom, they are also a break from hot meals. Opening a Lunch Kitchen helps to ensure children who receive free school meals get at least one cooked meal during the school holidays.

Young People, Children & Families

Interested in developing a project or service for young people? We have partners who would love to support you in creating a bespoke service that supports young people.

Interested in supporting children and families?
There are plenty of ways you can add value to the work done by schools and children’s centres.
Get in touch to find out more about the funding and support available

Men's Sheds

They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not a building but the network of relationships between the members

CAP Job Club

A CAP Job Club is a friendly place where you will get practical help as you seek employment. It’s a relaxed environment where job seekers get support and gain the tools needed to find work.

Community Money Advice

Community Money Advice centres provide free, face to face debt advice, helping people to develop an individual debt management plan and supporting them to free themselves of debt.

Contact us to see if your project is eligible and to find out how to apply.

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