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Greater Manchester Walking Grants

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Greater Manchester Walking Grants

Between November 2019 and June 2020 GMCVO gave out a total of £225,000 in grants to VCSE organisations to get Greater Manchester Walking.

The grants are funded by Greater Manchester Moving who have received funding from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to support as many people as possible to walk regularly.

Find out which organisations have been awarded walking grants in your area:

Download grants awards list

From November 2019 small grants from £50 to £1,000 were available for voluntary and community groups and social enterprises to get more people in Greater Manchester walking.

In January we launched medium grants of £1,000 to £5,000 as well as partnership grants of up to £15,000 (Now closed for applications). Groups were invited to apply for more than one grant where appropriate.

All ideas were welcomed but we were particularly looking for applications that encouraged people who are usually less active to start or increase their weekly walking.

Although plans for traditional walking groups were eligible we wanted groups to think creatively about how they could encourage people to get out and about.

The grants can be used for a variety of purposes which may include; equipment, travel expenses, training, additional staff-time and facilitators.

Suggested ideas for applications were:

  • Training and support for Walking Champions
  • Creative activities like history walks or treasure hunts
  • Mass walking events
  • Environmental changes/improvements

See our case study blogs about successful grant applications for Cartwheel Arts and Starling

Applications for GM Walking Grants are now closed. If you would like to be kept upto date about future funding opportunities, sign up to our newsletter:

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Grants were awarded on an ongoing basis with a decision usually given within three weeks.

To find out more and to apply visit www.gmcvo.org.uk/gm-walking-grants

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