We are very excited to announce our new Social Action Grants for Schools programme to support young people to bring their social action projects to life.

Any school in the Manchester borough is eligible to apply for one of ten grants to make a positive difference on something that matters to them. Successful applicants will receive:

  • up to £500 to deliver the project
  • up to three group sessions with our experienced social action team
  • ongoing advice and guidance
  • teaching resources to help with future social action project delivery.

If successful, there is no heavy admin – all we will need you to do is complete some simple feedback forms and a short evaluation video at the end.

What can the grants fund?

Anything! Fundraising campaigns, renovation projects, community gardens, clean-ups, intergenerational events, anti-discrimination projects, environmental campaigns… As long as the idea will make a positive difference and young people are involved in the design and delivery, any project is eligible to apply.

Apart from having a positive impact, social action projects carry a wide range of other benefits for both students and schools, such as:

  • improving soft skills, such as confidence, teamwork and communication
  • increasing citizenship and community cohesion
  • counting towards volunteer hours for DofE and other awards
  • and providing experience for CVs and personal statements.

How can my school apply?

To apply, please download and complete this application form and submit along with a short video or audio recording (max. 2 minutes). Your video or audio should outline:

  • What is your idea?
  • Who will be involved?
  • How will it make a difference?
  • How much money are you asking for? (Max. £500)

The videos don’t need to be anything fancy – a single take on a mobile is great. We just want to hear the students’ ideas first hand!

Please submit your application form and video to grants@gmyn.co.uk via WeTransfer by 5pm on Friday 18th October 2019.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 and projects must be completed by the end of March 2020.

For more information, contact: joseph.cain@gmyn.co.uk, joe.webster@gmyn.co.uk or call us on 0161 234 2950.

The Social Action Grants for Schools are funded by Young Manchester as part of our Social Action in Education Programme, which engages young people of various ages in volunteering, social action and enterprise. We work closely with schools across the city to embed the principles of social action in curriculums and school delivery, while supporting students in the design, planning and realisation of youth led social action and enterprise projects. The work benefits young people, their schools, and the wider community.