Greater Manchester Funders Forum

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Aims and activities

Aims and questions

The Greater Manchester Funders Forum exists to enable independent grant makers, social investors and public sector funders to collaborate and coordinate programmes.

It was established during the COVID-19 crisis as both national and local funders in Greater Manchester urgently came together to share intelligence, perspective and understanding.

The Forum additionally encourages and supports the collaboration and alignment of work to prevent duplications and ensure support is available where it is needed.


  • Provide the opportunities to share intelligence, perspectives and understanding of need
  • Enable greater alignment of plans and therefore more strategic investment and impact
  • Reduce unintentional duplication and gaps
  • Attract additional resources into Greater Manchester

We meet to listen to speakers and members have the opportunity to share their experiences. The idea is to make connections, build a picture of the funding landscape and share information and intelligence.

Thea Monk
Chair of the Greater Manchester Funders Forum

How to get involved

To get in touch with and to join the forum please email Sharon Summers at GMCVO.

The Forum can also send you regular information about events and share reports and data where relevant.

Who's involved

The Greater Manchester Funders Forum is facilitated by GMCVO.

Learning and Resources

In December 2021, Greater Manchester Funders Forum published a briefing summarising its members' views on the forum's value in supporting their work during the pandemic, and what they want from it in future. Read the report here.

Summaries of the Forum's previous events and briefings are available here.

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