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Boosting communities

We know that when communities come together, great things happen! 

From computer classes to lunch clubs - we have supported projects and initiatives that bring communities together and have a positive impact on our customers lives and the wider community. 

We've worked with resident and community groups to get a project off the ground, and we've helped to set up new groups in communities to address a specific need, such as the dementia cafes we support across Greater Manchester. 

You can make a grant application for up to £10,000. We know that COVID-19 has significantly impacted the communities we serve, so we are particularly keen to support projects and initiatives in relation to: 

  • Supporting people into employment or training 
  • Helping people to manage their money and deal with debt
  • Supporting people to get on line and access digital services
  • Creating opportunities for young people 
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Combating loneliness and social isolation 
  • Supporting BAME communities 
  • Supporting older people and those who are vulnerable or isolated 
  • Food provision
  • Domestic violence
  • Homelessness

We are always looking for communities to help, so if you have an idea or project that would benefit from our support, we'd love to hear from you. 

apply to the foundation 

Please complete all sections of the form so that we can understand why you are applying for the grant, what you plan on doing with it, and how you will benefit. Before you do this, please read the funding criteria, this will help you with your application.

If you need any help completing the form, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.

We look forward to receiving your application 


Grant application form

Contact information
This is the name of group, project, event or activity you applying for a grant for. Not your personal name.
Please tell us why you are applying for a grant from the Irwell Valley Foundation
Please include: • how it came about • who will be involved • what you hope to achieve
The maximum you can apply for is £10,000
Please list every item and detail how much it costs i.e. 100 printed leaflets = £35, 10 plant pots = £20

Please tell us where the money should be paid if your application is successful.
We can only pay the funding into a constituted bank account, not a personal account. This is a bank account used by community groups, clubs or societies. If you need to set up a constituted bank account, most high street banks can help. You will be asked for proof that your group is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation and not a private business, and you will need more than one person to be named on the account. You will need to take ID when you open the account do and everyone named on the account as a signatory will need to be there in person. If you need more information on this, please contact us and we will be happy to tell you more.
All successful grants are subject to our Funding Agreement. Please tick to confirm that you have read this and understood it.
This should be the name of the person submitting the application, not the name of a community group.
If this applies, please provide the full name of the parent or guardian.