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East Manchester and Manchester Charities Awards

Charities Awards Application

In 1880, the Connell family of St. Mark’s Church, West Gorton decided to form a football team. By providing their community with the opportunity to play football, they hoped to reduce the number of those suffering from the effects of long-term unemployment, health issues and fear of crime as a result of social deprivation. The club evolved to become Manchester City Football Club.

In the spirit of the Connell family’s contribution to its local community, Manchester City Football Club has introduced three new strands of its nationally acclaimed ‘City In The Community (CITC) Giving’ strategy. Manchester City F.C. will select one charity to support for the period of one year from the Manchester City F.C. Greater Manchester Charity Award up to the value of £50,000 each and up to seven Connell Awards up to the value of £5,000 each to individuals representing urban sports clubs in East Manchester.

Use this form to apply to the Manchester City Charities Awards

Before you start filling in this form make sure you have read the on-line guide for applicants carefully. There are also help notes next to each question that explain how to answer it. Many of the questions in the form start with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ option. If you tick ‘no’ you can go straight to the next question.

For some questions we have a maximum number of words, to give you an idea of the amount of detail we need. You may well be able to answer these questions in fewer words than the maximum.

If you have any questions or communication needs please call our advice line on 0161 438 7726 or send us an email to

Part one - About your organisation

1. What is your organisation’s name and address?
Give the full name as it appears on your governing document.
Tell us your organisation’s main or registered address, including postcode.
2. What type of organisation are you?
East Manchester and Manchester based charities only
By ‘registered charity’ we mean registered with the Charity Commission.
Tell us if your organisation is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee.
Give both the month and year.
Give the total number of people currently on your governing body or management committee.
If you are a branch of another organisation that has management and financial control over you they may have some legal responsibility if we give you a grant.
If your organisation has a membership we expect this to be open to all and that anyone can join, unless you can provide a good reason why not.
3. Does your organisation have a website?
4. Who is the charities authorised person, applying for a charity award?

This should be the person that submits the application. They should be someone from your organisation who can talk about your project and we can contact during office hours. They must be over eighteen years old.

For voluntary and community organisations you must give your home address.
Which address should we use to notify you of our decision?

If you have any communication needs, please contact MCFC Charities for assistance


Part two — About your project

5. What is the name of your project? (maximum 10 words)
Give us a short title that we could use for publicity purposes. Try to make it unique to your project.
6. What project or activities do you want us to fund? (maximum 300 words)

Describe your project. By ‘project’ we mean the event or activities you plan to carry out using our grant.

Be specific about what you will do, how you will do it and what you would spend the grant on.

There is more detailed information about what we will and will not fund on page 5 of the guide for applicants. Read this carefully to check that we can fund what you want to do.

7. When will your project take place?

Your start date should be at least three months after you send us your application.

Your end date must not be more than 15 months after you send us your application.

Is your start date fixed or flexible?

If your start date is flexible put the earliest date when your project could begin

8. Where are the people who will benefit from your project based?

Tell us the Greater Manchester local authority ward and postcode where the people who will benefit from your project are based.

If the people who will benefit are from a number of places, give the local authority area and postcode where the most people will benefit.



9. How much will your project cost?

a) How much will each item or activity cost and how much you would like from City in the Community Foundation?

List all the individual items or activities that make up your project. Include everything you will need for the project, even if you are not asking us to fund it.

Give the total cost of each item or activity in column A and put how much you would like from us in column B.

If you want us to fund all your project costs then the figures in column A and column B will be the same.

Make sure the costs are accurate and based on quotations where possible.

You must not include any VAT that you can claim back from HM Revenue and Customs.

Item or activity A: Total Cost B: Amount Requested from MCFC CITC Foundation
Totals: *

* The total requested from MCFC CITC Foundation must be less than £50,000
Please check that you have added up the totals correctly


If you need to raise funds from other sources you must be able to show that you will be able to do this and it will not affect your project or cause a delay.

Let us know if you have already raised some funds or plan to use reserves or savings. If you have applied to other funders but have yet to hear from them tell us who they are and when you expect a decision.

If you want us to fund all your project costs and are not contributing any funding from other sources put ‘not applicable’.

Tell us if you have used quotations, estimates, prices from suppliers or experience from other projects.

If you have made any assumptions when working out the costs, tell us what these are.

10. Does your project involve work on land or a building, including refurbishment?
If your project involves work on land or a building (including refurbishment) you need to own the freehold of the land or building, or hold a lease that cannot be brought to an end by the landlord for at least five years. We may need you to send further information about land ownership if we offer you a grant.
If yes, you must answer both a) and b) below
a) Does your organisation:


b) Is planning permission needed for your project?

If you need planning permission, you must have it before you apply.

We may need you to send confirmation that planning permission is not required, or that it is required and has been granted

11. Does your project involve work with children, young people under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults?
It is your responsibility to have appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place, which we may ask to inspect at any time.
If yes, as a minimum we expect you to:
  • have safeguarding policies in place that are appropriate to your organisation’s work and the project you are asking us to fund
  • review your safeguarding policies at least every year
  • complete a rigorous recruitment and selection process for staff and volunteers who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, including checking criminal records and taking up references
  • renew criminal records checks at least every three years
  • follow statutory or best practice guidance on appropriate ratios of staff or volunteers to children, young people or vulnerable adults
  • provide child protection and health and safety training or guidance for staff and volunteers
  • carry out a risk assessment, if appropriate
  • secure extra insurance cover, if appropriate.
We may seek further information from any bodies you are registered with, or inspected by.
12. Do you have any of the following?

Depending on the type of project, you may need public liability insurance or qualified leaders.

If your project involves a dangerous sport or activity, your organisation should be affiliated to a relevant governing body or you must be working with fully qualified leaders or instructors.

Part three — The difference your project will make

13. What is the need you have identified, how did you identify it and how will your project meet it? (maximum 400 words)
Make sure you:
  • Tell us about the needs of the people who will use your project
  • Explain how you know that they have these needs and what you have learned from discussing your plans with them
  • Show how your project or activities will meet the need you have identified.
  • Here are some ways you might show the need for your project:
    • Organising a meeting that anyone interested in your project can come to.
    • Carrying out a survey of people who use your service or those who might use it.
    • Keeping a waiting list of people who want to get involved in your activities or use your service.
    • Finding out if there is a lack of your type of facility, service or activities in the local area and whether people would use it if it was available.
    • Researching any statistics about the people who would benefit from your project.
    • Finding out if your project supports any local or national strategies.
    • Evaluating previous projects or seeking feedback on a pilot project.
14. Which of the MCFC CITC Foundation priorities does your project address?

Our outcomes are the changes that we want funding from MCFC CITC Foundation to achieve. Your project must meet at least one of them to be considered for an award.

Here are some examples of ways your project might meet each outcome:
  • Giving people the chance to try out new activities
  • Providing more opportunities for people to volunteer
  • Encouraging young people to learn new skills
  • Helping people play a more active role in your community
  • Bringing different communities together to tackle common issues
  • Tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour
  • Improving community spaces, such as playing fields, changing rooms and parks
  • Encouraging more young people to take part in football or other ‘urban sports’ and disciplines, for example National Governing Bodies of sport
  • Developing healthy eating programmes for young people
  • Increased football and urban sports opportunities for more young people to access and enjoy.
  • Communities working together to address local issues.
  • Developing skills to improve employability.
15. How will you make sure that as wide a range of people as possible can benefit? (maximum 300 words)
  • Tell us how many people your project will reach and explain the different ways they will get involved or benefit from it.
  • Tell us how your project will help improve your local community and the lives of people most in need.
  • Explain what you will do to make sure that people from different backgrounds know about your project and how to benefit from it
  • If you have identified any groups who could benefit but are less likely to take part, explain why this is the case and what you will do to tackle it
  • If your project will involve the wider community tell us how
  • If you plan to promote or publicise your project, explain how you will do this
  • If you plan to restrict who can take part in your project you should explain why, so that we can consider if this is acceptable.

Part five — Finishing your application

  • To apply for a grant from MCFC CITC Foundation you must tick all the boxes below.
  • Make sure that your governing body or management committee know about this application and have agreed that you can send it to us.
  • You must be able to comply with our terms and conditions if we offer you a grant. You should check that you can before you apply.
  • You can get a copy of our terms and conditions of grant from our website or you can phone or email us and we will send them to you.
  • Before you apply, make sure you can provide all the information we may ask for if we make a conditional grant offer. This is explained in ‘What we will ask you to send us’ in our guide for applicants.
Before submitting, you must tick all the boxes below to confirm that:

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