Stockport Local Fund changes to celebrate Stockport’s united community

The Stockport Local Fund, that has so far funded over 700 community initiatives, is changing its name to the One Stockport Local Fund.

Stockport Local Fund changes to celebrate Stockport’s united community

Born out of the COVID pandemic, One Stockport celebrates and promotes the fantastic response seen from all walks of life across the borough: communities have worked together and looked out for each other; throughout lockdown, people stayed close to home and supported their local businesses and paid attention to their health and wellbeing by walking and cycling more in their neighbourhoods.

As the One Stockport campaign has reconnected people to their town and brought new focus to communities across Stockport, the people of Stockport have become more united. One Stockport is the future of Stockport. The One Stockport Local Fund will build upon the successes of the Stockport Local Fund and the legacy of the pandemic by encouraging greater cross-sector collaboration and support initiatives that deliver positive outcome for the residents, organisations, and communities in Stockport.

The One Stockport Local Fund is widening its appeal to become more inclusive. Applications are invited via Sector3 for projects of up to £1,000 ensuring grassroots organisations have access to support. Projects requiring larger amounts of grant funding will be open to applicants via our web pages. A new maximum of £30,000 has been made available for organisations who want to work in partnership with local services and who have a proven track record of working with communities.

The One Stockport Local Fund will open on Monday 1st November for an initial three-week window closing on 21st November.

Councillor Amanda Peers, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Neighbourhoods, said:

"The role and value of communities has never been more evident than over the past 18 months; it's important that the One Stockport Local Fund evolves in response and ensures those organisations who are the lifeblood of our communities have the support and resources they need.

“Stockport Council is working with Sector3 and the local businesses and services that are part of the One Stockport campaign to maximise the investment in our communities. Working in collaboration, we can build a better future for everyone through supporting the local economy, connecting communities, promoting health and wellbeing and tackling inequalities across Stockport. We can learn from each other, share skills and ideas and, above all, be driven by the needs of our residents and communities."

To be eligible for funding, ideas must meet at least one of the following priorities: to enhance social and well-being support for children and/or adults in need; to support communities to come together, collaborate and build a more cohesive borough and to tackle the bigger issues facing our borough.