The GM Walking and Wheeling Fund (GMWWF) Grants Programme is offering grants of up to £5,000 to VCSE organisations to deliver projects to get more people walking and wheeling this autumn/winter.
The fund aims to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in Greater Manchester by encouraging people who are less active or inactive to walk or wheel (e.g. using a wheelchair/mobility aid or pushing a pram) regularly.
It also hopes to increase awareness of and engagement with, GM Walking: a hub of information and resources that recognises the important role walking and wheeling can play in increasing physical activity levels.
The GM Walking and Wheeling Fund is being managed by Salford CVS, on behalf of 10GM.
Funded by GM Moving, small grants of up to £2,000 and medium grants of up to £5,000** were available through 10GM to support activities that encourage people who are usually less active to start or increase the amount they regularly walk in winter 2023-2024.
All projects must encourage people who are usually less active or inactive to increase the amount they walk or wheel regularly. To achieve this goal, both the small and medium grant funds have specific criteria that must be met. Applications received after the deadlines will not be considered.
The deadline to apply for a medium grant was 6 November 2023.
Decisions are expected in late November 2023.
All projects must be completed by 31 March 2024.
Terms and conditions of the GM Walking and Wheeling Fund are available.
Please read this document thoroughly and ensure your board or management committee agrees to proceed with the application.
Yes, you will just need to evidence how you are encouraging new people who are inactive or less active to walk more.
Yes, it doesn’t matter how long you have been constituted for you just need to be a constituted voluntary, community or social enterprise (VCSE) in Greater Manchester or for Greater Manchester residents. You will need to have a minimum of 3 directors and an asset lock with a specified organisation name if you are a CIC.Companies limited by guarantee will need a minimum of three directors, and within their Articles of Association a statement about their purpose and social impact, a not for profit clause, a director remuneration clause as well as a clause stating that assets will be distributed to another not-for-profit organisation fulfilling similar objects if they dissolve.
Yes, although your project will need to be in Greater Manchester for Greater Manchester residents.
Yes. The priority of this grant is to encourage people who are statistically more likely to be less active or inactive to engage with walking so we recommend you clearly explain how you know providing travel will do this.
It can support existing work as long as you will use the funding to encourage new people who are inactive or less active to get out walking.
No, however the panel will want to see value for money. This doesn’t mean your project needs to be for a large group of people and if you know the community group you are working with will only engage with walking in a small group then that is fine but you should clearly evidence the reasoning behind your beneficiary number in your application form. Do not assume the panel know the reasons behind anything you are planning.
The panel would like to see how your activity and walks are taking potential pressures off health and care systems. An example of this is you are providing a walking group for people who have diabetes or for women who are breastfeeding and during the group you offer breastfeeding support. You could also take more of a practical approach and start walks at your local GP or advertise your walks at your local GP or Gateway; etc.