Funding for ‘Work for Smile’Work for smile is a Longsight based organisation that provided food parcels & hot meals for local people during Covid-19
Benefit of funding 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
Work for smile
We realised that this project needed more funding to continue the great work that they were doing. We applied for the ‘Forever Manchester’ Community Fund of £5000 but the organization required some updating of its constitution, child protection policy, safeguarding adult’s policy and Covid-19 risk awareness policy. I supported Mohammad – work for smile - in updating these documents to then apply for the funding, which was successful.
The application for £5000 funding from Forever Manchester was successful. Forever Manchester were very supportive of this funding bid and asked us to submit and resubmit documents several times before the funding was granted. It was important to communicate well with the funder and with Work for smile and to have the patience to do the necessary work in updating the documents and to support and encourage Mohammad as he builds his organisation.
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 - buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker
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