Funding for ARMR storeSupport accessing funding so food storage area could be used for parcels to be delivered to local people during lockdown.
Benefit of identifying funding for local projects
Identifying funding empowers communities to deliver the solutions they have designed. Research has shown that staff who can offer mediation, guidance and support in the funding application and project process are as important to community groups as receiving the funding itself. Staff who have a good knowledge of the area and who needs support, enable funding to be accessed by more marginalised people and groups. Funding sometimes needs to come from multiple sources and Neighbourhood Health Workers save time being able to quickly identify multiple potential sources.
Ardwick and Longsight
Ardwick and Longsight Covid Mutual Aid Group
When the mutual aid group started in Ardwick and Longsight there were early conversations with ARMR store because there was a feeling that they would be a good place to have as part of the group; this turned out to be true. When we needed more funding and cooking to continue the great work of the mutual aid group ARMR store was supportive. And Raphale started his own food provision project along the way. I supported Raphale in applying for the ‘Forever Manchester’ Community Fund of £5000; he was successful.
Initially we then bought a large amount of food and put it in the storeroom at the back of the ARMR store ready to start the work of the mutual aid group. This provision is still in place now although the group has cut down opening times to 3 days per week.
“ It’s a pleasure working along side The Ardwick and Longsight Covid Mutual Aid Group which was set up as an emergency response to the covid-19 pandemic. We're mobilising volunteers in the local area, and purchasing food to be able to support families, and individuals in need. This funding will be used to buy food and create food parcel that will go out to families across Ardwick and Manchester in the coming weeks. This is a difficult time for many, but for some this is an even more difficult time to cope with. Your generous donation will mean that families that maybe struggling to cope will have a strong support network around them and food on the table. Whatever you can give to help, is much appreciated. Thank you. ”
The application for £5000 funding from Forever Manchester was successful. I initially filled in some of the electronic funding form to help the Qadria Jilania team make a start but they were fine after that.
Strategic Links to local/national policies
Communities engaged in the design and delivery of local services
Ambition for Ageing (2020) - Changing a place: Microfunding, co-production and community development
Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis - Sourcing Financial Resources for Community Development Initiatives
National Lottery Community Fund (2019) - Understanding Thriving Communities
Young Foundation (2013) - Improving small scale grant funding for local voluntary and community organisations
Aron Thornley - Neighbourhood Health Worker
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