Manchester City Football Club has announced is it looking for two new local charity partners for 2012, both of which will receive a grant worth up to £50,000.
The club intends to form one-year partnerships with two small charities, ideally with annual turnovers of less than £1m, one of which works in Manchester and one in east Manchester. The grants will be made in January.
The partners will benefit from player appearances and will feature in the club's media channels, it said in a statement.
The club said it was looking for charities or not-for-profit organisations whose work benefited young people and families in Manchester "through community cohesion, skills and enterprise schemes and urban sports programmes".
The grants will be for specific projects the charities are running in their local areas or to achieve certain outcomes.
Sarah Lynch, head of social responsibility at Manchester City FC, said it was not intending to fund core costs.
"It’s about additionality," she said. "It’s about being creative and addressing the needs of young people and families in Manchester."
Charities that want to apply should go to MCFC’s website. The closing date for applications is 25 November.