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Social Prescribing Development Fund

The Big Life group are excited to announce the launch of the Manchester Social Prescribing Development Fund.

What is this fund?

The aim of the fund is to support new and established groups and organisations to build capacity and deliver projects to support social prescribing to Be Well clients The fund will support Be Well clients in improving or help with managing their health and wellbeing.

What funding is available?

There are 3 levels of grant funding available:

  • Micro Grants (up to £1,000)

  • Medium Grants (up to £10,000)

  • Exceptional Grants (over £10,000)

How to apply

You will first need to complete an Expression of Interest form before you can apply for the Manchester Social Prescribing Development Funding. We will use the information you provide in the Expression of Interest form to decide whether to invite you to submit a full application.

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.


To complete the expression of interest for, please right click the link below and download the form to your computer before completing it and sending them to us via email. Please do not complete the form within your browser as it will not save any of the information you enter.

Click here to download an Expression of Interest form.

Click here to download the Grant Funding Guidance.


For further information, please email Naheed Akhtar at or call 07423668060 (between 9.00am and 12.30pm).


Coronavirus update

In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. One-to-one appointments that would normally be delivered face-to-face will now take place over the phone or through video call. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.

We are also no longer holding groups inside. We’re currently arranging alternatives where possible through considering walking or virtual groups. Please contact your group facilitator, or the centre where the group runs from, for more information.

If you’re worried, think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, see the latest advice from Public Health England.

Finally, if you’re struggling through self-isolation, please don’t feel alone. There are local community groups being created all over the country, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call our community centres in your local area, which you can find here.