Green Spaces Fund

Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund

Applications are now live

The £2.6m Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund supports community-led projects that increase the amount and quality of accessible, nature-rich green space in the city region, particularly in the areas where people need it most.

Please take a look at the guidance, templates, and application questions provided in the useful documents section below. We advise that you download these documents and use them to prepare your application offline before copying your answers across to the online application form on this page once you are ready. The first round of applications will close at 9am on August 22nd, 2022.

For advice or support with your applications, please contact: GSFAdvisors@groundwork.org.uk.

Application guidance:

Watch the webinar below for an overview of the Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund and the application process.

You can also get in touch with one of our Green Space Fund Advisors for further support with your application: GSFAdvisors@groundwork.org.uk.

Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund Application Form:

Please complete the application form below by 9am on August 22nd, 2022 to be considered for the first round of funding.

Section 1: About your organisation

We will use these contact details should we have any follow-up questions on your application and to let you know the outcome of your application after the deadline has been reached.
 
If applicable.
If applicable.

Accountable body

If you are working with or being supported by an accountable body, such as a Local Authority, Local Parish Council or Registered Housing Provider, please list their details here.
 
If applicable.
If applicable.
If applicable.
If applicable.

About the organisation applying for the fund

1.14 Organisation type
Please only select one option.
If applicable.
Please describe your organisation’s mission statement, aims and any activities or services you provide. This information will be used on our website when we promote your project. (Word limit - 50 words).
 
If applicable.
Please provide the month and year your organisation was set up.
If applicable.
If applicable.

Your organisation's policies, procedures and insurance

1.21 Your organisation will need the following policies, procedures and insurances in place: safeguarding policy (if applicable), volunteering policy (recommended), Public Liability Insurance, Health and Safety policy, a photo consent policy and document for project participants
Please only select one option.

Section 2: About your project

2.1 Please state which grant you are applying for
Please only select one option.
2.2 Is this application for a new or existing project?
Please only select one option.
2.3 Has your application been supported by a Green Spaces Fund Advisor?
Please only select one option.
If applicable.
Tell us about your project. (Word limit - 50 words).
Please provide a full address for your project. We will be prioritising projects from communities in greatest need, this is explained in the accompanying Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund guidance.
 
Please use the following protocol for naming this document: “[your organisation name]-Image".
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, svg.
2.10 GMCA district(s) covered by this project
Please tick all that apply.
2.11 Do you own the land being used for the project or have the correct legal permission to access the site and carry out the project?
Please only select one option.
2.12 Will your project take place on land which is open to public access?
Please only select one option.
If your project will be taking place on a school or academy, it needs to be on land accessible outside of school hours.

 
2.13 If planning permission is required for your project, then this will need to be obtained before the works are carried out. Have you considered whether you will need planning permission for your project?
Please only select one option.
2.14 Is your project on a protected wildlife site, such as a local nature reserve or site of biological interest?
Please only select one option.
In the box below please describe the project from start to finish. Give details of the activities that you have planned and how the space will be looked after when the project has finished. (Word limit – 500 words)
 
Please estimate the physical changes and activities that will take place in your project, and approximately when you are planning for each of these to take place in your project.  

Please use the following protocol for naming this document “[your organisation name]-Project Activities"
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, eps, tif, pict, psd, txt, rtf, html, odf, pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, xml, avi, mov, mp3, mp4, ogg, wav, bz2, dmg, gz, jar, rar, sit, svg, tar, zip.
(Word limit - 200 words)
(Word limit - 200 words)

Section 3: Meeting the aims of the Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund

As part of the application process, we need to understand the community need for your project, and how your project idea will help address inequalities and meet aim of the fund.

The aim of the Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund is to tackle inequalities in access to green spaces across the city region and benefit communities in greatest need.

The fund has three objectives. We would encourage the project proposal to meet all three:

  1. To benefit communities in greatest need of quality green space
  2. To tackle our climate and biodiversity emergency
  3. To encourage and empower communities to get involved in nature

In the first round of funding, we will prioritise projects in disadvantaged areas lacking quality greenspace. You can find out more about this in our guidance document.
 

The Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund should tackle inequalities by targeting green improvements towards communities most in need and encouraging action by under-represented groups, where there is poorer access to quality green space. What is the need for quality green space in your project area and how is this affecting communities? What are the issues with access to green space in your area and what ideas do you have to address these issues? (Word limit - 200 words)
 
If applicable.

Please use the following protocol for naming this document “[your organisation name]-[short description of image]"
Unlimited number of files can be uploaded to this field.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, svg.
The Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund aims to increase the amount and functionality of green spaces to benefit people and nature and help tackle the biodiversity and climate emergency. What will your project do to enhance biodiversity in green spaces or create new spaces for nature? How will your project help to deliver climate adaptation in your area? (Word limit - 200 words)
 
How will your project encourage and empower communities to get involved with nature, bringing communities together to improve their local natural environment? Please describe who you will engage and how, and what might the benefit be to these communities? (Word limit – 200 words)
 

Section 4: Evaluating the impact

We would like to record the benefits or impact of your project. Which of our monitoring measures will your organisation be able to report on? Please select from the list below. These monitoring measures will form part of your end-of-project report.
 
4.1 What will you monitor?
Please tick all that apply.
If applicable.

Section 5: Grant requested

Please itemise all the costs associated with your whole project. Detailing what you will be using the grant for, if your application is successful. See the accompanying Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund Guidance for a list of eligible items.

Please use the following protocol for naming this document “[your organisation name]-Project Costs"

One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, eps, tif, pict, psd, txt, rtf, html, odf, pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, xml, avi, mov, mp3, mp4, ogg, wav, bz2, dmg, gz, jar, rar, sit, svg, tar, zip.

 

Section 6: Acknowledgement

As part of the grant agreement, you must acknowledge your funding through press releases, social media posts, case studies, and by displaying our partnership logo and acknowledging funding sources, providing supporting evidence of this at each quarter. 

Please read the accompanying terms and conditions of the grant award carefully. Providing us with images of your project, a final project report, and engaging in post-project monitoring is an important condition of your grant award. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct photo consents are obtained and that we are granted permission to make use of the images you provide. We will provide support and guidance to help you do this. 

 

Section 7: Data sharing

Please confirm you are happy for the information you have provided in this form to be shared with our assessment panel and our partner organisations, working on the delivery of the Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund.
 

Section 8: Declaration

If applicable.

Section 9: Organisation bank details

Please note these details must match the bank statement provided and should be for the organisation, group or accountable body that will be receiving the grant.
 
Please note these details must match the bank details provided above. If you are a newly formed organisation please look at our guidance document for more help on what to submit in this section

Please use the following protocol for naming this document: “[your organisation name]-Bank Statement".
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, eps, tif, pict, psd, txt, rtf, html, odf, pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, xml, avi, mov, mp3, mp4, ogg, wav, bz2, dmg, gz, jar, rar, sit, svg, tar, zip.
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