Our Summer 2024 North West Hub is opening for applications

March 7, 2024

Building on the success of our North West funding round for charities in Greater Manchester in previous years, this summer we will be connecting even more grassroots charities in the North West with the investment and skills they need. This year the geography of our North West funding round has been expanded and includes all counties in the region: Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. Together we’ll be helping to drive social change across the North West.

Successful applicants will be offered up to £30,000 in unrestricted funding to support them to develop, grow or become more sustainable. As in our national funding rounds, they will also be offered a tailored package of support, including:

  • Skills training workshops
  • Fully funded impact measurement courses
  • Access to free, highly skilled support provided by experienced professionals through our pro bono network
  • Access to peer networking opportunities

Our regional programmes follow the same application process and criteria as our national funding rounds.

Opening alongside our national round on the 28th March, our North West Hub brings The Fore’s vision for a fair, healthy, just and sustainable society to North West England.  

Launched in 2022 in partnership with local philanthropists, the approach of our North West Hub is distinctly different from other place-based funding. We’re focused on supporting organisational strength and potential over project outcomes. Much like our national funding, we do this through open, unrestricted funding.

Applying for Funding

The first step to applying is to submit an expression of interest.

If you are a UK-registered charity, CIC, or CBS with an annual income under £500,000 and the majority of your beneficiaries are based in North West England (which includes the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside), you are welcome to register your expression of interest.

Expressions of interest take 2-3 minutes to complete. The form will be open for one week, from 12 noon on Thursday 28th March until 12 noon on Thursday 4th April.

When the round opens you’ll be able to find the link to register your interest here.

On 5th April applicants will receive confirmation via email about whether they have been allocated a place on the funding round with details on how to submit a full application. If there are more applicants registered than places available, places shall be allocated at random.

Have more questions? Join us for our information session on Thursday 21st March at 1pm where we will talk you through how to write an effective application for your North-West-based organisation. Book your place here.

Note: The Fore is running both national and regional funding rounds this summer. Please only register for one of these per organisation. If you submit multiple registrations, we will only accept one in the interest of fairness. We recommend submitting an expression of interest for our North West funding round if the majority of your beneficiaries are based in North West England.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected]