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About John Moores Foundation

John Moores Foundation is a registered charity, established in 1964, that gives money and support to local organisations doing charitable work. We focus on funding projects based in Merseyside (including Skelmersdale, Halton, and Ellesmere Port) and Northern Ireland.

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We aim to help people who face barriers, as a result of social, educational, physical, economic, cultural, geographical or other disadvantage, to come together to improve their social conditions and quality of life and address issues that are importatnt to them. We do this by making grants to local groups that fall within our areas of interest as set out in this leaflet. Priority is given to small, grass-roots and volunteer-driven organisations that support those most in need and work in areas that have been under-represented in our grant-making.

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We are a responsive funder and would like to help groups achieve their targets and outcomes in their own way. If a group receives a grant from the Foundation, additional support may be offered to the group by our Community Groups Development Worker in areas such as fundraising, strategic planning and trustee development and by our Monitoring & Evaluation Worker to set up systems and provide feeedback that best meet their needs, capacity, etc.


John Moores’ wishes for the Foundation (1977):

  • The trust is an instrument for helping people to value themselves and gain self-confidence in order to achieve a greater measure of control over their environment and the direction that their lives take. Some groups hold themselves in low esteem and have poor standards of achievement.
  • Any scheme which will help people achieve something important to them and therefore build up the confidence to go further should be considered.
  • As a broad general rule, small schemes are preferred because capacity and ambition are likely to be better matched and people are more likely to be stimulated to further effort. Large schemes tend to remove control and management from the people they are meant to benefit, and vest it in people whose ambitions may be very different.
  • The object of the Trust is not to alleviate current special needs but rather to promote self-esteem and a sense of personal value amongst our less-privileged fellow-citizens.


Aapplicants are welcome to contact JMF for an online application form which will be send out to them after an initial conversation with a staff member, if eligible to apply. How to apply for funding.

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John Moores Foundation regularly submits its grant data to 360 Giving Open Data - providing full transparency on our grants:

360 Giving Open Data

GRANTS MADE BY John Moores Foundation: 1999 – Jan 2023


0151 707 6077
N.Ireland Mob:
0741 544 7910
96 Bold St, Liverpool, L1 4HY.

We are a living wage employer

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