New Beginnings Fund

About the Fund:

New Beginnings has already had a successful ‘pilot’ stage. The fund began when a consortium of funders noticed that the increase in migrants to the UK was putting strain on community groups.

They also noticed that more people in the UK wanted to support refugees and asylum seekers.

The funders felt that the best way to help was to fund small community groups. 45 groups were funded by the pilot. These were either refugee-led groups or local residents working to welcome refugees and asylum seekers. 

The aim of the fund is to increase community-based support for refugees and asylum seekers.


PLEASE NOTE: This round of funding is currently only available to organisations in the GREATER MANCHESTER area.

How much is available:

Who can apply?

Examples of what can be funded:

We aim to strengthen planning and communication skills so that people can support integration effectively. We can provide advice on how to do this.

All projects should support human rights and equality.

Before applying:

Before you apply to the New Beginnings Fund please download and read carefully the full criteria of this fund HERE 

How to apply:

The New Beginnings Fund is initially seeking Expression of Interests only .

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Midnight on Sunday 30th October 2016

Groups who fit the full criteria will be invited by email notification to make a full application on the 7th November 2016 and will be asked to submit their application by 11th December  2016.  

Notifications of the outcome of applications will be mid January 2017.


IMPORTANT: Submit your form to the Community Foundation for Lancashire if you are based in:


If you are the sole organisation applying, please complete the Expression of interest form available HERE.

If you are working in a partnership, please complete the Expression of Interest form available HERE


IMPORTANT: Submit your form to Cheshire Community Foundation if you are based in:


Please go to Cheshire Community Foundation website to access the relevant Expression of Interest Forms for any of the 5 areas above by clicking HERE


NB Applications will be assessed by the Community Foundations covering their areas listed above.  


Useful Documents:

Examples of grants awarded at the pilot stage 

Documents and Policies checklist 

New Beginnings Round two questions 

Resources and information for groups working to welcome refugees 



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