Our grants and investments

Investing in Salford

Salford CVS has been delivering grants and investments to the VCSE sector and primary schools in Salford since 2001. To date, over £6m has been awarded to organisations for a variety of activities. These include youth projects, community learning activities, neighbourhood renewal activities, older people’s projects, projects for disabled children as well as projects that promote health and wellbeing.


A Growing Grants and Investments Programme

The Third Sector Fund was established in 2014 and since then has awarded grants to over 300 voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and primary schools. In 2017 NHS Salford CCG and Salford CVS announced that a further
£3 million is to be made available through the fund to March 2020,  to help improve the health and wellbeing of Salford citizens.  The main aim of the Third Sector Fund is to enable voluntary organisations, community groups social enterprises and primary schools across all parts of the city (by neighbourhood and also in terms of communities of identity) with a small investment, to help them address some of the key health priorities in Salford.

In July 2018 Salford CVS launched a new Emotional Welbeing and Mental Health Fund supported by monies securred by NHS Salford CCG and Salford City Council. Between 2018-21 more than £850,000 will be awarded to organisations helping to address the priorities identified in the Five Year Forward View of Mental Health.

In August 2018 the Achieve Recovery Asset Fund went live across Salford, Bolton and Trafford to support organisations delivering services to support those recovering from drug and alcohol recovery. The three boroughs will collectively benefit from over £500,000 of investment in the sector.

Do check out the Live Grants section of our website for all the funding opportunities administered by Salford CVS.


We're a Living Wage Funder!

The Living Wage Funder mark recognises Salford CVS' longstanding position as a Living Wage Employer and our positive approach to funding of organisations which their staff pay the Living Wage Foundation's real living wage.



Salford Stories - the movie

Discover how our Third Sector Fund is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.


Start Well, Live Well, Age Well is the name of Salford's Locality Plan and is the ‘blueprint’ for Salford’s health and social care. It explains how the CCG and other NHS providers and commissioners; Salford City Council and voluntary and community sector will build on what is already in place so services work better and cost less.


Evaluation of the Third Sector Fund


An independent evaluation into the Third Sector Fund grants programme, undertaken by CLES and VSNW during the summer of 2016, demonstrated a whopping return on investment of £1: £7.04
Read the summary or the full report.

In July/August 2018 a new report from CLES and VSNW was published which demonstrated the added value created by projects funded during 2017/18.
Read the report summary Healthy Investments, Healthy Returns. Read the full report.

In September 2019 a new summary report from CLES and VSNW was produced entitled Salford Stories.
Read the full report (126 pages).






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