Funding for ‘Work for Smile’

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

Project team


Work for smile

Forever Manchester.


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




NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Our Manchester Strategy

Communities engaged in the design and delivery of local services

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Prevention Programme

Addressing inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Research/evidence base

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


Nico Dhillon - Neighbourhood Health Worker

T. 07553 708029

Aron Thornley - Neighbourhood Health Worker

T: 07425520199

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