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SKylight Funding Officer can help local community groups access a range of funding from many different organisations.

For more information please get in touch on: or

How we can help:

  • Setting up your group – We can give you examples of constitutions, safeguarding policies and other important documents
  • Searching for funding – We can help you with detailed funding searches for the area you are interested in
  • Writing your first funding bid – We can give you lots of advice and examples of what a good funding application should look like
  • “Critical Friend” – We can help you by reading over and commenting on your funding bids before you submit them as a “Critical Friend”
  • Signposting you to other groups, potential partners and sources of advice and other resources

What this means:

Since April 2012 to date Stockport Homes has helped groups to attract £3.7 million of grants and £3.8 million of match funding into Stockport, based on over 670 bids made to funders.

In 2021/22 groups made 48 bids which generated £543,182 of grant with a success rate of 70%. 

Before you bid:

You will need a few things in place before you can bid for funding:

  • A group of people with ideas on things they want to improve in their neighbourhood (funders tend to fund groups rather than individuals
  • A bank account in the name of the group with two signatories who cannot be related blood or common law
  • A constitution or other set of written rules of your group – this must include a “dissolution clause”
  • At least three people who will play the roles chair, treasurer and secretary

Some funds available locally:

If you met the requirements set out in “before you bid” above, you could have a look at the following funders. There are many more out there. Get in touch for more advice and help:

SKylight Community Fund

Forever Manchester CDL Fund

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund

The One Stockport Local Fund

National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All


Funding enquiry form

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