Today we are delighted to announce the launch of our Strong Foundations Grant in partnership with social enterprise Semble, to support grassroots initiatives around central Manchester and Salford.
From 3rd February to 1st March, organisations will be able to apply for a share of a £30,000 fund as well as access to a volunteer workforce for projects that address local needs.
Currently working on residential construction projects in the Salford area of Manchester, we have set up the grant in order to engage local residents and boost community wellbeing. The Strong Foundations Grant will be available for those that need funding or support for new ideas or existing projects, with an aim to drive positive change in the local community.
Those eligible to apply for the grant include:
- Informal and formal community groups
- Local charities and local branches of national charities
- Schools and educational organisations
- Not-for-profit organisations
- Social enterprises
Successful applications will be shortlisted and a judging panel of Sir Robert McAlpine and community representatives (including Manchester Councillors) will decide the winning projects, to be awarded up to £3,000 each.
Karen Brookes, Director of People and Infrastructure at Sir Robert McAlpine commented:
“We are very excited to be launching this new initiative to support the local community around our existing construction work in central Manchester and Salford. We want to uncover the brilliant ideas that come from those who really understand the needs and opportunities in the local area, and I hope that we will be able to really benefit those smaller ideas that might otherwise struggle to get off the ground. The support, both financial and physical, will allow for projects to be scaled and so reach greater potential with more of the community.”
Mark Shearer, Co-Founder of Semble commented:
“We’re delighted to be working with Sir Robert McAlpine to bring this grassroots grant and volunteer offer to the communities in Salford and Manchester. The priority is to offer a quick and easy application process, which will create real impact on the ground as well as inspirational examples of what can be achieved.”
The launch of the Strong Foundations Grant follows the success of Sir Robert McAlpine’s ‘My150’ grassroots campaign, which encouraged employees to support local projects they were passionate about, as part of the company’s 150th anniversary. The campaign saw grants awarded to local communities across the UK, benefiting more than 40 organisations.
For more information and to submit an application for the grant, please go to Semble's website.