Social Prescribing Development Fund

The Big Life group are supporting the Manchester Integrated Care Partnership with the Manchester Social Prescribing Development Fund. We are currently accepting expressions of interest for funding up to £3,000.

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What is this fund?

The Manchester Social Prescribing Development Fund is funded by the Manchester Integrated Care Partnership in partnership with Manchester City Council and is administered by the Big Life group. The fund aims to support new and established groups and organisations to build capacity and deliver projects to support a social prescribing offer to Manchester residents over the age of 16 and upwards. The fund will support clients in reducing social isolation, improving or help with managing their health and wellbeing.

What funding is available?

You can apply for up to £3,000 of funding for your project.  Use of the funding is restricted and is awarded to groups and organisations that can fill the gaps in current social prescribing provision.

How to apply

You will need to contact our Social Prescribing Development Fund Grants Officer, at, to express your interest in our funding. If your project meets an identified need, you will be invited to meet with our Grants Officer to discuss your project in more detail. Our Grants officer will outline the next steps, timescales and discuss expected monitoring of outcomes. If you wish to proceed, you will be invited to complete an application form.

Those invited to apply will need to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following aims of the fund:

  • Enabling – working with community groups to quickly and easily scale up provision that is overused
  • Responding to opportunities and gaps identified within our communities
  • Connecting – reaching community groups not yet involved in the provision of support to clients of social prescribing services
  • Targeting specific communities or communities of interest
  • Building – adding value and strengthening a local infrastructure.

What happens after I complete an application form?

The Grants Officer will help you to ensure that your application meets the requirements of the funding and demonstrates value for money. The panel meet bi-monthly so it’s important that the Grants Officer understands your project so that they can answer any points of clarification and advocate on your behalf at the panel meeting.  Sometimes it is necessary for the Grants Officer to come back to you for further responses to questions raised by the panel and normally the panel will accept written responses by email so to avoid unnecessary delays.

If my application is successful what are the next steps?

If your application is successful, you will be notified by the Grants Officer in writing and you will be advised how your funding will be released, normally this is in stage payments. This will be followed up by a grant agreement which will need to be signed by you and the Big Life group.  On completion and confirmation of a start date the first of your stage payments will be released to your nominated bank account.

The Grants officer will work with you to ensure that all your marketing materials meet the standards required and include the necessary logos.  You will also be invited to present at one of our Be Well Showcase events. This will be an opportunity for you to showcase your project to the Be Well coaches and advise them how to refer into your service.

Then it’s over to you!


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