This organisation is part of the national City of Sanctuary movement – the general ethos being to make towns and cities more friendly and hospitable to asylum seekers and refugees. Established in Manchester in 2013, it works to encourage local businesses, charities, employers and individuals to pledge their support and do something that makes the city more welcoming. The organisation also organises activities and helps refugees and asylum seekers with opportunities to access local events and activities run by others in the community.
A grant was made for £9,000 split over a three year period towards the general running costs of City Sanctuary Manchester in February 2015. This is contributing towards core costs of an office and a part-time coordinator salary to help the organisation to grow and develop.