Small Grant Awards

Our Small Grants scheme is taking a break…

Since the start of the 2017/18 financial year we’ve awarded over £27,000 to more than 40 different projects through our Small Grants Programme. The programme has providing funding for a wide range of activities, from supporting existing projects which tackle local issues through to kick-starting pilot projects, testing new ideas to see if they will work.  

As we come to the end of the financial year we’re taking a short break to review the impact of the programme. Whilst this work happens we will be closing the Small Grants Programme to new applications and plan to come back in the summer with a bigger, better programme.

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Small Grant Scheme (up to £1,000)

Our small grants programme provides up to £1,000 to support local projects that benefit communities. Each month we award funding to projects which can demonstrate their impact in the local community.

Any group can apply, as long as the project benefits the residents of the Stockport. This may include:

  • Groups of friends
  • Voluntary or Community groups
  • Not for profit social enterprises / local charitable organisations

Read more about the latest tranche of projects that we are proud to support:


Gaydio CIC – Stockport Youth Academy:

Gaydio is a training, skills development and broadcast organisation targeting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community across Greater Manchester. Their mission is to create positive change in the lives of LGBT people utilising radio and media skills. Our youth academy works with young people across Greater Manchester, using radio and media skills as a tool to address the challenges they face in their lives.

The funding will enable establishment of the Youth Academy project in Stockport. The project will offer a ten week academy project for 15 LGBT young people in Stockport.  Taking place one evening per week, the group will work with a professional radio skills trainer and learn about radio producing, presenting and broadcasting creating content that focuses on the issues young LGBT face. In addition to learning new skills, it will provide opportunity to meet with other LGBT people who understand their needs as social isolation is a common issue faced by this group.

The Youth Academy has been extremely successful when run elsewhere with 100% of young people feeling less socially isolated and reporting improved confidence. We’re really looking forward to working with Gaydio to bring this project to young people in Stockport.


Socially Yours, Edgeley:

Socially Yours hosts a weekly social club every Tuesday from 13.30-15.30, the club has been running for 4 years and has ambitions to grow and thrive. The sessions provide an array of activities aimed at improving the physical and mental wellbeing of the members who range from age 40 through to their nineties.

Each week a different activity is provided for members, from craft activities to stimulate fine motor skills, healthy foods to promote healthy eating, guest speakers and low impact exercise. A firm favourite is the games segment of the sessions.

The funding will support the group to purchase the materials needed to run the sessions for 6 months, and also support the group to take two trips out. As social isolation becomes an increasingly important issue , the Equity Foundation is really proud to be able to support this important group.


Rose Walker Community Centre:

The Rose Walker Community Centre is an important community hub, hosting a whole array of activities each week from day-time support and activities for adults with learning disabilities, morris dancing, craft and youth groups and is home to the Stockport Community Shed group.

Managed by the Cheadle Heath Residents’ Association, there has been a huge amount of effort to re-energise the centre and promote across the local area. The funding we have provided will support the centre to purchase some much needed equipment to enable more effective management of bookings by having all information online, improve the opportunities for current groups by offering printing facilties and new catering options and become more attractive to both new regular groups and private hire.


Cheshire Parenting CIC:

Cheshire Parenting is a group of volunteers who are also parents. Their aim is to help parents in Stockport with children 0-3 years and they already have made a difference to over 100 local parents. The group organises a number of social and advice meet-ups, with information on birth choices, baby & child development, slings & carriers, infant feeding, working with other local groups to signpost where appropriate.

The funding will enable the group to grow their membership by running more drop-in sessions. It will also support the purchase of Baby Carriers/slings which can be borrowed by families for babies under 6 weeks. The group was developed in response to a gap in local provision, and we’re very proud to be able to support it to grow and help even more parents.



KIDS is a charity which supports over 11,000 disabled children and their families, providing support programmes from birth up to age 25. The charity supports all disabilities and conditions and focuses on empowering disabled children and young people to develop their skills and abilities in order to help them fulfil their potential.

Funding will support the ‘Staying Positive Together’ Transitions Group in Stockport for young disabled people aged 16-25. The group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday evening and aims to increase young disabled people’s mental well-being and build their confidence and engagement in the community. Sessions cover a wide range of topics and activities and these include; relationships and sexuality, Employment, sport taster sessions, relaxation and emotional well-being activities. We also cover a range of independent living skills such as cooking, budgeting and travelling.


Table Top Gardeners- Stockport Progress and recovery group:

This project was established last year to provide weekly gardening sessions for residents at Runnymede Court. The funding will support the delivery of a weekly gardening session with activities ranging from growing seeds, plating herbs and other edible plants, planting borders through to flower arranging.  The activity is modified to suit the participants, and is developing a particular focus on supporting people with dementia.


Cheadle and Gatley JFC:

This local football club supports a number of different teams from youth teams right through to adults. It provides a place for families to engage in sport and socialise.

They have recently decided to branch out and start a new team for young girls in the Stockport area- they have founded the Wildcats Project which supports female football and have launced two new girls only football teams. They were successful in receiving funding for a 10 week coaching programme aimed at getting girls involved in football over the summer holidays – the summer school will be open to girls aged 6-10 and run for 10 weeks.

In addition to increased health and well being for girls taking part the project also aims to increase confidence, social skills and help the girls feel valued as being part of a team.


St Matthews Community Hub – Youth on the Edge Project:

St Matthew’s Community Hub was established to promote community activities across the local area, for both individuals and families. Our overall aim is to reduce social isolation and to empower our community.

Our Youth on the Edge project offers three swimming pool parties for the whole family,. The programme has become a key feature of the summer holidays for many families, particularly those on low income. 

These social occasions allow friendships between the children to develop, and allow adults the opportunity to find out what else is on offer in the community. We have ties with many different community groups, community centres, support groups and statutory bodies, so the time spent chatting over refreshments has been key to helping people find additional support.


Rising Stars NW CIC:

Rising Stars is a music, arts, media and events social enterprise that gives young people in Stockport and Greater Manchester a chance to build a future they can be proud of.  We engage and inspire young people living in disadvantaged and deprived communities and those considered as hard to reach and NEETs by providing meaningful opportunities.

B Festival was first held in June 2014, the festival was the first of its kind in the area and attracted approximately 1000 people including young people and families from Brinnington. Our funding will support this years B-Fest, a family friendly music and food festival celebrating local talents, young achievers, and the diverse cultures and traditions within Stockport at Woodbank Park on Saturday 29th July 2017.  B Festival will feature over 50 local talents ranging from musicians, painters, dancers, poets to comedians, ensuring there is something for everyone at the event.  This will be offered over four stages that will be running on the day.

The festival will help to build high quality arts activity and provide a platform to celebrate local talent, culture and diversity in Stockport. It will provide a place for emerging young artists from the borough and help to develop the local infrastructure by developing teams of young promoters, events managers and technical crew, who have practical experience working on large scale festivals and events.