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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 fund will support new and established groups and organisations to build capacity and deliver projects to support social prescribing to people over the age of 18. It will focus on supporting and improving how people manage their health and wellbeing.

What funding is available?

There are 4 levels of grant funding available:

  • Micro grants (up to £1,000)
  • Medium grants (between £1,000 and £5,000)
  • Large grants (between £5,000 and £10,000)
  • Exceptional grants (over £10,000)

How to apply

To apply, you will need to complete the relevant application form, available below, based on the desired level of funding. Before you complete the application form, we encourage you to read the Fund Background and Guidance Document which will guide you through the process.

Applications must 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.

Download an application form

Please make sure you download an application form to your computer before completing it, as any information entered within a web browser will not save.

Micro grants (up to £1,000)

Applications for the Medium, Large and Exceptional Grants will open in January 2021. Please check back at a later date for further information.

For advice or support when completing your application, please email Naheed Akhtar at or call 07423 668 060 (Monday-Friday between 9am-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.