Manchester City of Sanctuary

Funding Success: Manchester City of Sanctuary

Manchester City of Sanctuary has recently been successful for a bid for £38,000 as part of a crisis fund by the National Lottery Fund. City of Sanctuary is a people led organisation, and was created by asylum seekers to support new asylum seekers and refugees across Greater Manchester.

Their mission is it create a more inclusive and welcoming city to those seeking sanctuary who bring skills, enterprise, music, food and hard work to enrich the city of Manchester. City of Sanctuary is a registered charity in Manchester which runs a comprehensive programme which provides education and wellbeing at the individual level, and integration and social cohesion at a community level.

The emergency funds will support Manchester City of Sanctuary staff to create an IT infrastructure for online lessons involving health & wellbeing, and personal development. All these activities are designed to reduce the strain of isolation, as well as their physical and mental wellbeing. The COVID19 pandemic has meant that City of Sanctuary had to close their doors during lockdown. This funding will help maintain their commitment and standards of service to their beneficiaries as they start up with their services again.

Wil added, “As more business, shops and organisations are opening their doors to the public many have had to adapt to the new safety measurements. Creating more online content reduces the risk of spreading the virus however, paying for these systems upfront is difficult and requires funding which isn’t necessarily part of a non-profits strategy at the beginning of the year. Many small community organisations and charities do not have the leverage in their accounts to allow for such immense changes in infrastructure.”

If your organisation is struggling during this time or looking into emergency funding then contact us and we can provide bespoke advice.


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